This is one of our favorite times of the year for whale watching because Gray Whale mothers and their calves can be seen, often VERY close to shore, as they make their northward migration!
These pregnant mothers began their journey thousands of miles north of Dana Point, in the cold waters of the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea where they feed during our summer. Throughout our winter months the Gray Whales travel south to their preferred location to give birth; the warm and safe lagoons of Baja, California.
And now that their babies have developed a nice layer of blubber to keep them warm, the tired and hungry Gray Whale mothers are making their return migration back to their feeding grounds.
During their migration Gray Whales have to be careful of Orca, who like to prey on the smaller and weaker calves. The shallow areas near Dana Point Harbor and Laguna Beach offer a seemingly secure place for the mothers and calves to rest, play, and nurse.
It’s in the coves off Laguna Beach that our recent whale watching safari encountered this whale checking out beachgoers on the sand!
If you’re considering going whale watching, right now is a great time! We have daily dolphin and whale watching trips departing from Dana Point Harbor. Each safari is 2 and 1/2 hours long. Our primary vessel used for our daily whale watching is Manute’a, the only catamaran with Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods that allow you to “swim” with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet! The cost is $59 per adult, $39 per child ages 2 – 12. To make a reservation give us a call at 949-488-2828 or book online now.