The whale that put Dana Point whale watching on the map has begun it’s annual migration down the coast again. Last season we saw more gray whales than we had seen during any prior season! The American Cetacean Society’s gray whale census is already reporting record numbers again this year. This season could be another record breaker!
We’re also seeing fin whales and humpback whales. Killer whales made a brief Dana Point appearance on Thanksgiving Day, meanwhile our other black and white dolphin, the beautiful Pacific white-sided dolphin, have made regular showings off our bow.
Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal. Each year gray whales migrate 10,000 to 12,000 miles round trip from their feeding grounds in the cold waters of the Chukchi and Bering Seas to the warm lagoons of Baja, California, to mate and have their calves. Learn more about gray whales.
The first gray whales usually begin appearing off the coast of Dana Point in December. The first to arrive are often pregnant females heading south in a hurry to reach the warm and safe lagoons of Baja to give birth.
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