The Ultimate Guide to Spotting Gray Whales in San Diego
San Diego’s Gray Whale Sighting Season: Everything You Need to Know
Gray Whales, also known as the California Gray Whale, are an important species in the marine ecosystem. They play a crucial role in the food chain, as they feed on small crustaceans and other invertebrates on the ocean floor, which helps maintain the health of the ecosystem
Gray whales are one of the oldest species of whales, dating back more than 30 million years.
They are also one of the longest migrating mammals, traveling up to 12,000 miles round trip each year.
A Long Lifespan
Gray whales can live up to 70 years, but the average lifespan is around 55 years.
The Heart Whale
Gray whales are known for their friendly behavior towards humans and have been observed approaching boats to interact with people.
Live In Cold Waters
They have a thick layer of blubber, which helps to insulate them in cold waters and store energy during their long migration.
Gray whales are bottom feeders and use their baleen plates to filter small crustaceans, worms, and other small organisms from the ocean floor.
Their unique feeding behavior involves rolling on their sides in shallow waters to stir up sediment, exposing food, and leaving behind feeding pits.
It is estimated there are 14,526 gray whales off of our coastline. Unfortunately, in recent years there has been an unusually rapid decline in population.
for gray whale watching
Coastal Gem: La Jolla Cove
Watch gray whales frolic in the crystal clear waters of La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego for whale watching.
Scenic Views: Cabrillo National Monument
Experience stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while observing gray whales at Cabrillo National Monument, a prime location for whale watching.
Up Close Encounters: Point Loma
Get up close and personal with gray whales at Point Loma, where the whales often swim close to shore during their migration.
Unforgettable Experience: Daily Tours
Join one of our whale watching tour in San Diego for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see gray whales up close and personal, with a 95% success rate of whale sightings.
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Discover the Magic of San Diego’s Marine Life: Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, and Dolphin Sightings
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Experience the wonders of the ocean and witness the magnificent migration patterns of whales and dolphins in San Diego. With our comprehensive guides to Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, and Dolphin Sightings, you’ll discover the diverse marine life of this coastal city. Explore our additional resources and links to delve even deeper into this fascinating subject.
Whale Migration in San Diego
Gray Whale Sightings
Blue Whale Sightings
Humpback Whale Sightings
Gray Whale Resources
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Gray Whale page
- Whale Watching Spoken Here – Gray Whale page
- American Cetacean Society – Gray Whale page
- Gray Whale Coalition
- Pacific Whale Foundation – Gray Whale page
- Whale and Dolphin Conservation – Gray Whale page
- Monterey Bay Whale Watch – Gray Whale page
- Oregon State Parks – Gray Whale page
- Alaska Department of Fish and Game – Gray Whale page
- The Whale Trail – Gray Whale page