The reviews are in, and the experts all agree that this is a excellent year for whale-watching. Reports the Cabrillo Whalewatch Program, "Dedicated spotters have been confirming that this is the most amazing pre-whalewatching season ever! Gray whales, fin whales, blue whales, humpback whales, minke whales, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Pacific white-sided dolphin, Risso's dolphin, and California sea lions. . . killer whales, a beaked whale, harbor seals, an elephant seal, and a sea otter. . . sperm whales, pilot whales, northern right whale, dolphin, false killer whales, and Dall's porpoise." Possible bonus: " We are also treated to lots of very cool behaviors: breaching, spyhopping, nursing their calves, or rolling around while making future calves!" Boats depart Long Beach (Rainbow Harbor adjacent to Aquarium of the Pacific) daily: $42.95 per adult (12+); $28.95 per child (3-11); $39.95 per senior (62+); and free for children under age three, includes admission to Aquarium; (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org;. Cabrillo Whalewatch Program departs three different landings; $15-$20. (310) 548-8397.
Mon., Jan. 11, 2010