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Whale Watching

Join us for a Whale of a Time

As part of our mission to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment, the Museum has partnered with City Cruises anchored by Hornblower for more than a decade to provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience gray and blue whale watching off the San Diego coast. Join the Museum Whalers, museum-trained volunteer naturalists, on one of these adventures. You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating, a snack bar featuring hot food and a full bar.

Summer Season: Blue Whales

Blue whales, the largest mammal and possibly the largest animal to ever inhabit Earth, can be spotted swimming and feeding off the coast of California during the summer months, typically from June through September. Join the Museum Whalers on a breathtaking experience on the open ocean to see these magnificent creatures aboard a large, comfortable yacht. More.

Winter Season: Gray Whales

Every year from December through April, gray whales pass through San Diego’s coastal waters on their way to and from their breeding grounds. Gray whales spend the summer months in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, and then leave for the breeding lagoons along western Baja California and off southern Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico. The gray whale makes the longest migration of any mammal on earth traveling 10,000-12,000 miles each year. More.

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