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What’s windy, wet & wild? Whale watching!

In keeping with San Diego’s love of nature and the outdoors, W is for whale watching!

Did you know you can see whales in San Diego all year long?

"Whale Watching San Diego - Infrared" image by Flickr user fortherock
“Whale Watching San Diego – Infrared” image by Flickr user fortherock

From December through April you can see migrating gray whales moving between Alaska and Mexico, and from May through November you can spot blue and fin whales. More possible species you could see in San Diego also include Minke, humpback and sperm whales.

"A Breach, A Blow, & A Fluke" image by Flickr user William Klos
“A Breach, A Blow, & A Fluke” image by Flickr user William Klos

In addition to whales, you’re also likely to see plenty of other wildlife, including dolphins, sea lions, and assorted fish and sea birds on your journey.

Important things to bring on a whale watching trip:

  • Camera – if you’ve got one separate from your phone, so much the better (and don’t forget an extra set of batteries, just in case)
  • Jacket – because it can get chilly out on the water, particularly in the winter months
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen – to protect yourself from the sun
  • Binoculars – if you’ve got a pair to share, you’ll be everyone’s favorite passenger!
  • Motion Sickness Medication – you never know, though most boats will also have extra available for purchase in an emergency
  • Water Bottle, Snacks – for when you get hungry or thirsty during your 3-hour tour
  • Cash – for snacks or refreshments on board, as well as tips for the crew

San Diego Whale Watch is a company that offers whale watching trips all year round, and even includes a “whale guarantee” – if you don’t see whales on your trip, they’ll give you a free pass for another trip. They also offer 2-for-1 tickets on Tuesdays, if you’re a penny-pincher like me!

Other whale watching tour companies in San Diego:

What do you think – are you ready to spot some whales in their natural habitat?

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