Watch Whales Start Their Summer Trek Back Home Near the Naval Complex San Diego
February 17, 2015
In December, just as humans hunker down for the winter in their warm homes, gray whales embark on a 5,000-mile trek from Alaska to Baja California. The comparatively warm waters off the California coastline draw them south until around April. By then, the horde of more than 20,000 whales has spawned a new generation—and they're finally strong enough to make the trip back home to Alaska. Living in San Diego, you have a front-row seat to this awe-inspiring migration—as well as the roughly 3,000 blue whales who fill the waters from June to September.
If you'd like to spot whales from the safety of shore, you'll find clear views at the Birch Aquarium, at the Cabrillo National Monument, and from the Torrey Pines State Reserve. For an up-close encounter with theses gentle beasts, go for a whale-watching boat tour with family or some friends from Naval Complex San Diego. Tour companies like Flagship Cruises & Events offer 3.5-hour tours on the water with experts from the Birch Aquarium, as well as shorter whale-watching trips on high-speed boats.