Monday, November 9, 2009
Gray Whale Season Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Twice-daily tours from San Diego and extended trips to Baja California, Mexico
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego10th Anniversary!
Dec. 26, 2009-April 4, 2010
Ahoy! Gray whales are making their way to warmer waters this winter-and you can be a part of the adventure! Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is celebrating its 10th anniversary witnessing the annual epic journey of gray whales with San Diego Harbor Excursion. Enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring Scripps naturalists as well as whale-watching expeditions to Baja California, Mexico.
Witness the longest mammal migration in the world, when approximately 20,000 gray whales pass San Diego on their annual, 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja's lagoons, where they play, rest, breed and give birth. Come join the fun!
Daily Whale-Watching Cruises
Passengers enjoy a whale watching cruise with Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists.
Dec. 26 through April 4
Daily tours: 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. or 1:30-5 p.m.
Celebrate 10 years of whale watching with Scripps naturalists and San Diego Harbor Excursions as we venture out for twice-daily cruises to locate gray whales on their roundtrip migration from the Bering Sea to Baja's breeding grounds.
New! Detect and listen to whale and dolphin sounds in real time using our state- of-the-art research equipment from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Search for other marine life such as seals, sea lions, migrating birds and more. Get a close-up look and learn about gray whale baleen, barnacles and prey items from aquarium naturalists during the cruise. Bring warm clothing and your binoculars for a memorable whale watching experience aboard a San Diego Harbor Excursion vessel, leaving daily from San Diego Bay.
RSVP: San Diego Harbor Excursions at 619-234-4111
Times: 9:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 - 5 p.m.
Public: $30 weekdays and $35 weekends
Youth (4-12 with paid adult): $15 daily
Extended Whale Watching in Baja California, Mexico
Travel south to Baja Mexico's tranquil lagoons with Andiamo Tours Mexico and Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists to see gray whales up-close in three-and-a-half or five-day trips. You'll be in the center of gray whale birthing grounds where whales and their calves play, rest and investigate their curious visitors. Hop aboard small boats for encounters with these magnificent mammals in their temporary stopover waters. In addition to the lagoons, highlights include authentic cuisine, scenic views of Baja's desert and memorable stops along the way.
Travel is by private motor coach. Accommodations and most meals are included. For more detailed information regarding the trips, please visit Andiamo Tours Mexico or Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Visitors get an up-close encounter with a gray whale during an extended whale watching trip to Baja California, Mexico, with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Baja Weekend Whale Adventure
(3 ½ Days)
February 12 - 15 (President's Day weekend)
$590 per person in double occupancy
$720 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Safari (5 Days)
February 17 - 21
March 24 - 28
$740 per person in double occupancy
$920 single occupancy (subject to availability)
For more information about Birch Aquarium at Scripps' whale programs and events, please call 858-534-7336 or visit http://aquarium.ucsd.edu
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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