Dec. 26, 2011-April 15, 2012
Live a whale tale this winter and experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring aquarium naturalists as well as whale-watching expeditions to Baja California, Mexico.
Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja's lagoons, where they play, rest, breed and give birth.
Daily Whale Watching Cruises
Dec. 26 through April 15
Daily tours: 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. & 1:30-5 p.m. with Flagship Cruises & Events
Get ready for one big adventure with Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists as we venture out for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their roundtrip migration from the Bering Sea to Baja's breeding grounds. Get an up-close look at these amazing animals aboard vessels from Flagship Cruises & Events, a charter cruise and touring company presented by San Diego Harbor Excursion. Learn about gray whale baleen, barnacles and prey from aquarium naturalists during this memorable whale-watching experience, leaving daily from San Diego Bay. Don't forget warm clothing and binoculars!
RSVP: Flagship Cruises & Events at 619-234-4111 or online
Public: $35 weekdays and $40 weekends
Aquarium Members: $30 daily
Seniors/Military: $30 weekdays and $35 weekends
Youth (4-12 with paid adult): $17.50 weekdays and $20 weekends
*High-resolution images available upon request.
Extended Whale Watching in Baja California
Travel south to Baja California's tranquil lagoons with Andiamo Tour Mexico for extended trips to see gray whales up-close. Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists join you on this unforgettable journey to experience the gray whale birthing grounds, where whales and their calves play, rest and investigate their curious visitors. Hop aboard small boats for encounters with these magnificent mammals. In addition to the lagoons, highlights include authentic cuisine, scenic views of Baja's desert and memorable stops along the way.
Travel is by private motor coach. Accommodations and most meals are included. For more detailed information regarding the trips, please visit Andiamo Tour Mexico.
Weekend Whale Safari (five days)
$785 per person in double occupancy
$970 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Adventure (four days)
$610 per person in double occupancy
$745 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Expedition (six days)
$915 per person in double occupancy
$1,130 single occupancy (subject to availability)
*High-resolution images available upon request.
For more information about Birch Aquarium at Scripps' whale watching programs and events, please call 858-534-7336 or visit our Whale Watching webpage.
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science and features nearly five-dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 415,000, including 45,000 school children.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About UC San Diego
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