Education Outside the Classroom

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Three Hour Whale Watch Field Trips

We at San Diego Whale Watch believe in the importance of utilizing the wonderful natural resource of the Pacific Ocean as a tool to help educate our children on the marine life that inhabits it. Students will gain a broad understanding of whales in terms of migratory patterns, size differences, feeding behavior and communication. We will also cover environmental factors, endangered species and how we can all help to save them from extinction.

Oh, the things you will see!

Whale Watching Season San Diego

Gray-Whale-Breach-–-January-1December through April Students will learn about the Gray Whale migration, the longest (up to 12,000 miles round-trip) migration of any mammal on Earth! We will discuss the migration itself, including the typical route taken by Gray Whales and the purpose for their migratory behavior. Students will gain a better understanding of whale morphology, feeding behavior and how the Gray Whale has miraculously bounced back from the verge of extinction. Of course, we will also touch on what actions can be taken to help maintain the current Gray Whale population status and save other oceanic animals.

DSC_0051May through November Students will learn about the Rorqual Whales, including the Blue, Humpback, Fin, and Minke Whales. These whales frequent the San Diego coast when food is prevalent enough to draw them in. Students will gain an understanding of how significant it is to be able to see the largest animal on the planet, the Blue Whale, a critically endangered animal. We will cover their size, the sound they produce and what is known thus far about their migratory patterns. A Humpback Whale sighting could introduce students to the topic of Photo Identification. The dorsal fin and flukes are as unique to each individual as fingerprints are to humans. Although this is the case for every species, Humpbacks have some of the most unique individualistic markings! Additionally, students may learn about the mighty Fin Whales (the fastest of the baleen whales) or the cosmopolitan Minke Whales!

The curriculum can be customized to enhance the topics currently being taught in the classroom. Educational packets including teacher outlines, activity sheets and whale fact sheets will be sent via email, prior to the trip (at your request) for in-class activities that can add to the educational value of your trip.

If you are interested in booking a field trip, please fill out the contact form below. Please include details about the size of your class, the number of students, and the number of adult chaperones who will be joining you.

Trip Highlights

  • 3 hour whale watching cruise
  • Narration by a certified Marine Biologist
  • Teachers guide, provided prior to your visit. This guide, filled with pre- and post-visit activities, will provide additional educational value to your whale watching tour
  • Naturalists available throughout the trip to answer questions
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • We strongly recommend, and encourage, wearing non-slip/secure footwear for all cruises.

Tour Times

Mon & Wed
10:00am – 1:30pm


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Terms & Conditions
Please check schedule for accurate trip times. Approximate length of cruise: 3 hours. Check in 45 minutes prior to departure. Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure.