Palos Verdes 2017 Whale Watching Has Begun!
Point Vicente Interpretive Center has started counting whales for the 2016/2017 Whale Watching season. This famous landmark gives Palos Verdes homes owners a local center where they can go and watch these massive mammals off our coastline. This season officially started December 1, 2016, and according to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, only 3 whales have been counted going south as of December 7, 2016. Last year there were 40 whales that were spotted as of December 14, 2015, and the prior year at this time at least 100 whales had been counted. Most of the whales are traveling south to Baja and the concern in the last several months has been that they are swimming in the large container ship paths.
To see these magnificent creatures, there are several different local options to choose from. Point Vicente Interpretive Center located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, welcomes visitors to this premier whale watching site for viewing (bring binoculars). For more information, call 310-377-5370.
If you want to get a closer look at the whales, there are two companies that have whale watching tours for a fee. San Pedro Spirit Cruises has tours beginning mid January, only on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. San Pedro Spirit Cruises is located at 77 Berth, San Pedro. For more information and to make reservations, go to www.spiritmarine.com or call (310) 548-8080.
Voyager Excursions in Redondo Beach will begin their tours mid January, and will run through April. Tour times will be published soon and reservations are required for weekend tours. Voyager Excursions is located at 181 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach. For more information, go to www.voyagerexcursions.com or call (310) 944-1219 for reservations.
To read my last article on Whale Watching click here.
Photo courtesy of Voyager Excursions