Each year approximately 20,000 gray whales migrate from the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Baja California and back again. From December through April you can witness this amazing journey off the coast of San Diego on educational whale watching excursion with Flagship Cruises & Events and our partner of 17 years, Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Get a deeper understanding of the ocean ecosystem and real-time commentary on the whales, dolphins, sea lions and other sea creatures.
What to Expect
Outdoor 360-degree viewing
Professionally Guided Narration
On board Snack Bar: food, drinks and full bar
Coupons to Birch Aquarium
Free guest WiFi
Boards: 9:00 AM
Cruises: 9:30 AM to 1:15 PM
Boards: 1:00 PM
Cruses: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Go on a whale watching adventure today with the experts from Flagship Cruises & Events and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, in San Diego. Climb aboard Flagship's Marrietta or Patriot Jet Boat to witness the journey of one of the animal kingdom's greatest migrators, the Pacific Gray Whale, up close and personal!
Expert Aquarium naturalists from Birch Aquarium are available on each of the daily whale watching tours to provide live, educational narration. Embark on a journey along the San Diego coast and see whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and other marine life!
Benefits of Whale Watching With Flagship
The Flagship Guarantee
If no whales are sighted on your cruise, you and your entire party will receive vouchers to ride again for free!
Gray Whale Description
The Pacific Gray whale usually reaches around 45 ft in length at maturity, and weighs 66,000 pounds. As their name suggests, the Pacific Gray whale is usually a mottled gray color, although they are often covered with parasites such as barnacles and orange whale lice. On older whales the original slate color is almost obscured due to these parasites as well as scars, causing their snouts and back to appear like crusty ocean rocks.
These whales are baleen omnivores. There are typically 130 - 180 baleen plates on each side of their mouth that they use to filter the food they catch. The gray whale has no dorsal fin. Instead, they possess a series of six-twelve dorsal knuckles on the rear portion of the back, making them easy to identify.
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