It is whale watching season here in Southern California. As the Gray Whales migrate south for the winter, they swim through Southern California on their annual trip to the lagoons of Mexico. Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises is partnering with Aquarium of the Pacific to offer the best whale watching experience. We have been part of this unique travel adventure for years and want to share the beauty and splendor with you. Recently, our family was able to ride along with the Harbor Breeze crew and Aquarium of the Pacific whale experts. The family memories we created on this trip will be forever remembered. We suggest you schedule your trip with Harbor Breeze and create your own amazing memories as well. (Disclaimer: Sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own.) Watch the video to find our more....
We were extremely lucky to see grey whales in their natural habitat on our trip. As we sailed and encountered the gentle giants, the crew shared valuable information.
Who knew these mammals had no teeth!
- The whale migration begins in the Arctic in the fall travelling to the lagoons of Baja Mexico peninsula to give birth to their calves.
- These giant mammals swim more than 15,000 miles round trip each year.
- It is estimated that the population of these astonishing mammals is around 26,000.
- Surprisingly, the grey whales do not have teeth like you and me.
- They have baleen plates that hang down from the roof of their mouth.
- The baleen is made of keratin, the same as our fingernails that capture sediments from the sea floor as they travel.
Who knew these mammals had no teeth!
On this trip, we shared a state-of-the-art luxury catamaran water craft with other writers, the local news media, local bloggers, Aquarium of the Pacific mammal scientists and school aged students. All of us were brought to many moments of disbelief when we encountered these giants of the sea.
There were many future scientists being shaped on our whale watching experience. Our family has been sailing with Harbor Breeze Cruises for several years now. Each experience is unique and nothing like the other. What still stays the same is the fun of observing sea life up close with an experienced Captain and scientist from the Aquarium of the Pacific. This year, our kids announced their interest in becoming scientists because of their trip.
Captain Dan Salas made the experience unique and personal with his knowledge of the Pacific Ocean. He makes you feel very safe and comfortable on board his watercraft. His many years of experience comes through as he navigates through the open waters surrounding Long Beach. During the cruise, he is in constant communication with others on the water to find the best locations for viewing these amazing animals. Sightings vary from trip to trip, however, our trip allowed us to see 4 grey whales, a Humpback whale and we were on the hunt for a pod of Killer whales (Orcas) but they escaped our endeavours. On the early AM cruise, they found over 10 Grey Whales and many times pods of dolphins and seals will dance around the vessel.
Visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific after our sea adventure was the icing on the cake. We were also provided the opportunity to experience the touch pools inside the aquarium. Here, everyone is encouraged to touch and ask lots of questions. This hands-on educational exhibit is filled with sea urchins, sea stars and hermit crabs. It feels as though you are scuba diving with them in the ocean.
If you want an incredible day of adventure, education and family fun, we recommend you schedule a trip on the water with Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters for the grey whale season. The season starts in October where the mammals travel approximately 80 miles a day. The best viewing in Southern California starts in December and ends around the beginning of March. Come on out and join us on this truly amazing adventure.
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Call to find times and prices: (562) 983-6880
Weekdays whale watching cruise times: 12-3pm
Weekends whale watching cruise times: 9am, 12pm & 3pm