Palos Verdes Whale Of A Day 2017 Celebration!
The Whale Of A Day 2017 festival will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for Palos Verdes homes owners and their neighbors throughout the South Bay to celebrate these monumental marine mammals. This annual event is co-sponsored by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the docents of Los Serenos de Point Vicente. This festival celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale from its summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas in Alaska to its winter breeding and calving grounds in Baja. As of today the season count from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center is 883 whale sightings. If you are looking for a popular fun outing for the whole family to enjoy, stop by the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and participate in the free “Whale Of A Day” activities.
Whale Of A Day will include whale watching from the shore and Point Vicente Lighthouse museum tours. Some of the interesting exhibits at the museum include: The Whale Walk which is located at the entrance and depicts the monumental migration of the Pacific gray whale from the Arctic waters past Southern California to the warm lagoons of Baja, the Marineland exhibit which shows many of the original photos and nostalgic collections from its original location and the Point Vicente theater is now showing two videos one is entitled, Marineland and the History of the Peninsula, the other is, Whale Watching in Baja. The lighthouse is normally open for tours, but it is closed for some needed renovation and repairs.
At the festival the children will enjoy related exhibits, arts & crafts, fun zone, face painting, US Coast Guard tours, displays and games – all at no charge. This event always has great live music and animal exhibits. Some of the past participants have included The Aquarium of the Pacific with its Aquarium on Wheels, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, George F Canyon Nature Center, Save the Manatee, National Marine Fisheries, Heal the Bay, Marine Mammal Care Center, South Bay Wildlife Rehab with their rescued hawks and raptors, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, California Native Plant Society and Las Candalistas. There will be multiple food booths on location to buy treats throughout the day.
To read my prior article on Whale of a Day click here.
There is free parking and even a shuttle to drive you to and from the event. Park at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall at 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 544-5260, Point Vicente Interpretive Center.
Photo courtesy of the city of Rancho Palos Verdes