On Saturday January 17 and Sunday January 18 from 10am to 4:30pm, head to The Cabrillo National Monument for their 28th annual Whale Watch Weekend and Intertidal Life Festival! Learn about the importance of protecting our oceans while whale watching from one of the most premiere spots in San Diego. The two-day festival will include marine awareness education, whale watching, tide pool exploration, programs on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and interactive storytelling sessions about the tides and sea life for the kids.
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After spending the summer feeding in the waters of the Arctic, the Pacific Gray Whales swim south along the coast to the bays of Baja California, where they mate and nurse their young. Large numbers of them pass right by Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument along the way, providing spectators with a one-of-a-kind view of these beautiful creatures – the Whale and Kelp Forest Overlook and Old Point Loma Lighthouse have a reputation for being the best whale viewing locations in San Diego. Mid-January is the peak of the migration, but the whales can generally be seen from mid to late December through March.
Visitors will also be able to climb down the slopes of the overlook, where sandstone cliffs drop off into a pristine intertidal area that is perfect for a little sealife viewing. The “intertidal” zone is the place where the land and sea merge, meaning that marine plants and animals are submerged during high tide and exposed to the sun and wind on the rocky reef during low tide. It’s a unique environment that supports a variety of marine life and makes it easy to spot ocean-dwellers from the comfort of land – be sure to bring your binoculars for this one!
It’s possible to see the whales anytime during daylight hours, and park staff will be on hand to help visitors spot a whale. Check in at the visitor center for information about ranger talks and whale watching, and don’t miss the movie about the Pacific Gray Whale playing in the park auditorium (it will be shown several times throughout both days).
Visit www.nps.gov for more information!
[image: nextlevelsailing.com, blog.sandiego.org]
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