Whale Watching Update

This just in….

Whale watching season is in full swing as California gray whales migrate down to Baja California to birth their young in warmer waters.  But to our surprise, it seems that a pod of Orcas (aka Shamus) are in town for the holidays.

On a recent Hornblower whale watching tour, San Diego Natural History Museum Whaler, Karen Marshall, shares what she saw:

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Photo taken by Karen Marshall

“Captain Bill went out to the 9 mile bank and just after we got across from the Coronado Islands we saw several Orca whales swimming out in front of helm. As we saw two off in the bow of the boat, Captain Bill spotted several others off the starboard side, a bit farther off from the boat. At the same time several passengers spotted several more whales off on the port side of the boat.  Captain Bill stayed with the several whales that were off the front of the boat allowing them to get used to the sounds of the boat.  These whales just hung out for a while snorkeling around.”

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I’m a Nor Cal girl loving my Sol Cal world. I have a passion for fashion but can’t ever quite afford it. I love to laugh and often crack myself up. I hang with the guys and gossip with the girls. I like to wear my stunna shades at night.

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I would spend the day in Balboa Park and finally visit all the museums.

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I’d hit the beach and get rid of my tan lines… can you tan when you’re invisible??

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Catching a Padres game at PETCO Park, bike riding along the Pacific Beach/Mission Beach boardwalk or going to the Little Italy Mercado on Saturdays.

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4 thoughts on “Whale Watching Update

  1. Pingback: A Whale Of A Time On The Bay | San Diego Travel Blog

  2. I’ve never been to California (except to change planes) but I hope to visit the San Diego are soon. I would love to see the whales while I’m in town. This gives me one more reason to finalize my plans.

  3. Great post on whale watching. My favorite time of year. When traveling and selecting a whale watching tour company, I always try to pick one that states they are responsible in how they approach whales. Being as close to a whale may be fun for us, but not necessarily to the whales according to research.

    I just took a whale watching tour in Costa Rica and liked the professionalism this operator demonstrated. This page on their website explains how they approach whales and why.


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