Come aboard on the 3.5 hour Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure on Hornblower Cruises & Events. Experience marine wildlife up close and personal on the large , fast and stable watching boat in San Diego! Experience live educational narration by expert captains and the trained docents called Whalers from the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNat). Season ends April 28th. Check out the latest sights of whales from our Captains!
What You Get
If whales are not sighted on your cruise, you will have the opportunity to come back another time at no cost!
The average size of a gray whale is approximately nine to 15 meters (30-50 feet) long, and it may weigh up to 32,000 kg (35 tons). Seen from above, its body tapers at both ends, and is a dark slate color that can appear mottled gray. Generally, so many barnacles and whitish scars appear on older whales that the original slate color is almost obscured. The baleen plates are less than 0.5 meters (20 inches) long, yellowish to white with yellowish-white bristles. There are typically 130 - 180 baleen plates on each side of the mouth. Two to five shallow grooves furrow the underside of the throat. The gray whale has no dorsal fin, but a series of low round humps are present on the rear portion of the back. The spout is not very distinctive, rising low and quickly, usually reaching a height of three meters (10 feet), but it may go as high as 6 meters (20 feet).
Whale Report: http://fromthepilothouse.typepad.com/san_diego_whale_watching/captains-log.html