Some of the world’s most extraordinary creatures swim in our oceans. Whales are massive mammals, sometimes weighing over 100 tons with a length spanning over 100 feet. An unimaginable size, but these animals are graceful, gentle and command admiration.
It was a Mother/Daughter outing, we purchased a Groupon for a whale watching tour with San Diego Whale Watch company. We boarded the Privateer with about 40 other passengers and set out for open water.
It took us a few moments to get our sea legs but once we were on the lookout for whales with all the other people, our lack of walking skills were soon forgotten in the excitement. We were barely out of the bay when we started seeing the magnificent gray whales on their way south to warmer waters.
Gray whales hold the record for the longest migration of any other animal. Swimming day and night, averaging 120km/day (75 miles/day) they travel approximately 10,000km (6200 miles) to reach the warm waters of Mexico. That’s equivalent to running 238 full marathons in a row!
On this particular trip we saw about 6 grey whales, hundreds of dolphins, sea lions and pelicans. The great thing about whale watching is that whales aren’t the only animal you get to see! Unfortunately I am not highly skilled in the art of photographing fast moving objects and managed to miss a few great shots of a whale breaching. I still have the memories though.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time aboard the Privateer and would recommend San Diego Whale Watch to anyone. Our Captain and hosts were fantastic! It was a beautiful sunny day and for water lovers such as ourselves, we would have been just as happy if we hadn’t see a single thing that day.
Little known fact: Since whales are mammals, they have hair. Very little hair…but they have hair!