Several areas around the globe offer amazing opportunities to observe whales and other sea life in their natural habitats, such as Alaska, Ireland and British Columbia. Southern California whale watching tours are also hugely popular among tourists and locals alike. Here are a few tips so you get the most out of your tour:
What you may (or may not) see
While it’s called a whale watching tour, no tour company will absolutely guarantee that you’ll see a whale; however, it is very likely that you will. In the winter months, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing Grey Whales as they migrate from the cooler Alaskan waters. You might also catch a glimpse of Blue Whales as they coast the Pacific. Aside from these majestic mammals, you’ll also see plenty of other sea life like dolphins, sea lions and porpoises.
Dress for the occasion
It is going to be at least 10 degrees cooler out on the open water with the wind factor, so dress for it. Jackets and layered clothing allow you to feel comfortable no matter what the temperature.
Have your camera ready
You may think that you’ll commit your tour to memory for years to come, but a camera will ensure that you’ll always remember every detail of your tour. Invest in a good camera with a quality zoom lens so you can take plenty of pictures; not just of whales, but the scenery and other sea life as well.
Morning of afternoon tours no difference
The tour guide constantly gets updated spotting information from the crew, other boats and ships about where whales have been seen in the area. This relaying of information increases your chances of seeing whales for yourself. Some tours companies offer a whale watching guarantee – if for some reason you don’t see a whale you will receive a pass for another tour for free.
Southern California whale watching tours are a great way for you and your family to learn more about these mysterious mammals and see them up close and personal.
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