Top Ten Places to Encounter Whales
The current gray whale population numbers 21,000. An impressive 94 percent of that number pass within a mile of the Point Reyes in the first two weeks of January. Standing on a bluff in the cold, you can see gray spouts out at sea. Californians make their own seasonal migration to greet them, and call out their support. But you have whale watching opportunities all year long along the coast. In the spring through fall, humpbacks, blue whales, minkes, right whales, and orcas swim these waters.
You can book a whale watching trip in many coastal communities. The Oceanic Society in San Francisco and Monterey Bay Whale Watch offer excellent excursions.
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What you might see there: Grays, blues, humpbacks, orcas, rights
Viewing options: Shoreline, boat
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication