The coast of San Diego is the ideal place
to watch the annual migration of the gray whale. Looked upon as one of
nature's ultimate spectacles; the migration of gray whales is nothing
short of breathtaking. The coastline of San Diego is one of their migratory
points as they travel from the waters of the Arctic to the warmer regions
of the Baja (California), where females also give birth.
Every year, roughly 26,000 gray whales
will make the long journey of 10,000+ miles from the Arctic to the Baja
and back. If you look at this journey and compare it to any other mammal,
you'll notice that the gray whale by far has the greatest amount of traveling
If you've never experienced whale watching,
you'll be happy to know that anyone will find it memorable - young or
old. Spotting a gray whale along the coastline is something that is truly
a memorable moment, making you stop for a second and truly appreciate
these awesome mammals.
If you ask the Birch Aquarium in San Diego,
you'll find that gray whales are seen most frequently from December through
March. While they travel in dozens normally, it's nothing to see pods
of them (2 - 3) as they travel during migration. Throughout the coast
of San Diego, you can easily spot these whales as they are somewhat slow
During their swimming, they will normally
dive to a depth of 100 feet or more for a few minutes, then surface and
blow. Then, they will do a few shallow dives, before making that deep
dive again. When watching whales, figuring out this pattern makes the
success of watching them all the more fun and exciting.
While there are many common places to watch
whales, nothing seems to compare to the excitement of watching them from
aboard a cruise. There are many cruises that take place in San Diego,
many of which offer unbeatable deals. From H&M Landing to the Birch
Aquarium, cruises are some of the best ways to see the beauty and tranquility
of the traveling gray whales.
The beauty of the gray whales can also
be seen from many points of the San Diego coast, including the Cabrillo
National Monument on Point Loma or the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach.
Along these points, you can see the whales as they make their travels.
Whether it's a cruise or just watching
from the coast, whale watching in San Diego is something you truly have
to see to appreciate. You can take your kids, family, or even your friends.
Whale watching can definately be exciting, all you have to do is plan
your day and enjoy everything that the beauty of the gray whale will provide