Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invite the San Diego community to the park and encourage them to learn about the importance of our oceans.
This year will mark the 29th annual Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival at Cabrillo National Monument. Join us for this monumental occasion! Whale Watch Weekend is a chance for Cabrillo National Monument to invite the San Diego community to the park and encourage them to learn about the importance of protecting our oceans. The two-day festival will feature whale watching at the recently re-designed Whale Watch and Kelp Forrest Overlook and exhibitors from a variety of organizations that support ocean conservation. The festival will include marine awareness, whale watching and lectures on federal and state agencies that protect our oceans. In addition, this year's festival will feature tidepool exploration and a presentation on the Marine Protected Areas; Ranger programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Kelp Forrest Ecology and an interactive storytelling for children about the creation of the tides.
Each winter, the Pacific Gray Whales pass by the western overlooks of Cabrillo National Monument. After spending the summer feeding in the food-rich waters of the Arctic, the Grays swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they mate and nurse their young. Along the way, they pass Point Loma and Cabrillo National Monument.
Mid-January is the peak of the migration, but the Grays are visible from mid- to late December through March. From the Whale and Kelp Forest Overlook and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse visitors can enjoy the best viewing of these whales in San Diego from land. Descending these slopes of the overlook, sandstone cliffs drop off into intertidal habitat that visitors may visit during the festival. The intertidal zone is where the land and sea merge. Here marine plants and animals are submerged during high tide and exposed to the sun and wind on the rocky reef during low tide.
The whales that migrate past here swim right past the second largest kelp forest in southern California. It is possible to see the whales anytime during daylight hours. Park staff can gladly help visitors spot a whale. Visitors should check at the visitor center for information about ranger talks and whale watching during the festival and throughout the season. Don't miss the movie about the Pacific Gray Whale that is shown several times a day in the park auditorium.
During the festival bring binoculars if you have them: binoculars make viewing much easier and more enjoyable.
Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
Feb 20 - Feb 21, 2016
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
$10 per vehicle $7 per motorcycle $5 for walk-ins and bicycles
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