Thar she blows! It’s Gray Whale season at Birch Aquarium


From Aquarium Reports

Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja’s lagoons, where they play, rest, breed and give birth, Dec. 26 through April 15.

With Flagship Cruises, Birch Aquarium will host daily local whale-watching tours with naturalists, as well as whale-watching expeditions to Baja California, Mexico at 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. Particiapnts will learn about gray whale baleen, barnacles and prey during the experience. Cruises leave daily from San Diego Bay. Wear warm clothing and bring binoculars!

Tickets are $17.50-$35 on weekdays and $20-$40 on weekends with weekday discounts for school groups.

To make a reservation, call (619) 234-4111 or visit

There are also extended trips for whale watching in Baja California with Andiamo Tour Mexico to see the grays up-close. Birch Aquarium naturalists will join guests on this journey to the birthing grounds where whales and their calves play, rest and investigate curious visitors. Hop aboard small boats for encounters with these magnificent mammals.

In addition to the lagoons, highlights include authentic cuisine, scenic views of Baja’s desert and memorable stops along the way. Travel is by private motor coach. Accommodations and most meals are included.

For more information, call (858) 534-7336 or visit