Whale Watching in California in February
Whale watching is a popular activity among locals in California and people from all over the world who travel to watch whales in California. There are three species of whales who commonly swim the California Central Coast: grey whales; blue whales and Humpback whales. In addition, killer whales (or ‘killer whales’ as they are commonly called) can frequently be seen in Monterey Bay during the spring as the grey whales move through in preparation for their annual migration. There are several great whale watching tours in and around the California central coast area which visitors are encouraged to participate in.
The first group of whales migrating up the California coast are generally gray whales, which are thought to be due south through Oregon, British Columbia and Washington. They are thought to be losing weight as they prepare to make their way back down the West Coast. They can usually be spotted from shore by divers, but it is not unusual to see a pod of whales swimming together as they push off from the coast. These pods can include up to thirty whales, with the largest one being around nine hundred feet long!
Two other varieties of whales can be spotted along the coast of California – the Pacific gray whales which are around between seven and ten thousand pounds in weight, and the Humpback whales which can weigh up to twelve thousand pounds. Like the gray whales, the Pacific gray whales spend most of their time out at sea, although they can sometimes be seen on the beaches. Humpback whales, on the other hand, spend much of their time in the open waters of the Pacific Ocean between December and April. The difference between these two species of whales is that the Pacific gray whales feed on fish and are rarely caught or seen in the wild. Humpbacks travel up and down the California coast looking for food. The annual migration can be a great sight to see – although the journey can sometimes be tough due to the rough currents.
The third type of whales to watch during your spring whale watching trip is the Arctic white whales, which can be seen off the Northern California coastline in March and April. While these creatures are shy, they are no match for the big predators that live in and around California, including the great white shark and the great white killer. However, these creatures do tend to lay eggs in winter, which can make for an amazing sight to see. Their population has been increasing in recent years, and you might just want to get up close and personal to take a look at one of these beautiful creatures.
Whether you wish to see whales in the daytime, or at night, there are a number of options for you when you head out for whale watching tours in California. You can head out to the Santa Barbara harbor for morning visits, where you can sometimes spot the whales after they have come into port to feed. These harbors are popular for whales because of their closer proximity to the shore, and therefore more accessible to their young and calfish years.
You can also head out on a sunset cruise in February, which is a popular time for whale watching in California. Most tour operators will stay on the water all day long, providing you with an unparalleled opportunity to view whales and other marine life. After sunset, tour operators return to their boats to enjoy dinner and a relaxing glass of wine. There’s no better way to see whales in California than this way!