(Whale tail- Photo credit: Aquarium of the Pacific)
Huddlebee was invited to join Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises on a boat excursion to look for gray and humpback whales while exploring current ocean conservation issues with Aquarium experts. There is currently a combo ticket you can purchase which includes whale watch and Aquarium admission (more info. below)
We were on board M/V La Espada, the specialized high-speed, low-noise, and low-emissions whale watching catamaran docked next to the Aquarium. This boat has great indoor and outdoor seating areas and is spacious, clean and comfortable.
Anticipating the sighting of whales and dolphins was an exciting experience for my family. The Aquarium experts were knowledgeable about marine animals, ocean conservation and readily answered all our questions. We learned that once a year the gray whales migrate towards warmer waters from the north towards Mexico to breed, visiting local waters in the winter season. We were able to spot many dolphins on this trip and the crew even maneuvered the boat to pick up a bundle of balloons floating on the ocean to keep the sea animals safe from harm. The friendliness and cheerful crew made this whale watching experience truly memorable.
After the boat trip we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific and explored the award-winning Whales: Voices in the Sea exhibit. This exhibit teaches about the environmental threats facing gray, blue, humpback, sperm, and the endangered North Atlantic right whale, among others. The Kiosk played different whale sounds for you to listen to. It also recorded our voice and replayed it to the sound of a whale voice. It’s so much fun!
Gray Whale Watch Combo Ticket (save $14-$30): The public can visit the Aquarium of the Pacific and embark on Harbor Breeze Cruises for a two- to two-and-a-half-hour whale watch excursion with Aquarium experts daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The Gray Whale Watch combo ticket is available for purchase on site at Aquarium and may be purchased in advance by calling (562) 590-3100. Prices are $54.95 per adult ages 12+, $50.95 per senior 62+, and $40.95 per child (includes whale watch and Aquarium admission). Guests will be able to listen to the whales they see and can learn more about whale communication through the Aquarium’s interactive Whales: Voices in the Sea kiosk exhibit featuring the largest and smallest whales on the planet—the blue whale and the vaquita. For more information, the public can visit: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/exhibits/northern_pacific_gallery/whales.
For more information on the combo ticket visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/info/gray_whale_watch
-By Huddlebee Team Member (Media passes were provided for review, all opinions are our own. )