Whale Watching in San Diego

Trip Start Dec 30, 2012
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Trip End Jun 27, 2013


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Our last day in San Diego we decided to go whale watching. From December to April Grey Whales migrate south to birth their young along the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, so they can be spotted along the coast of California during this time. We left around 1:30 and tried to keep an open mind about what we may or may not see. We actually saw tons of birds, some dolphins, and had 3 different Grey Whale encounters.

A couple of cool facts about Grey Whales that we learned:
  • Grey Whales do not sleep like humans do. They go into a short state of sleep by shutting down just half of their brain, while staying awake enough to surface to breath.
  • The only natural predator of Grey Whales is the Killer Whale.
  • Grey Whales eat tiny animals from the sea floor. They essentially "dig" for them by turning up sand and then filtering out their delicious finds.
  • Grey Whales are assumed to have a lifespan of around 70-80 years, however one whale found off the California coast had a piece of harpoon in it's flesh from a piece of equipment that has not been used in 120 years.
Ok, enough whale facts. Here is a link to the final sighting. There are two more that I posted on youtube as well that are shorter. 

Whale Watching 1
Whale Watching 2

Unfortunately the videos are not nearly as cool as being there in person, but I hope you enjoy them either way.
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