Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Gray Whale Season Surfaces at Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Adventures include daily cruises and extended trips to Baja California
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoDec. 26, 2010-April 3, 2011
Live a whale tale this winter and experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring aquarium naturalists aboard San Diego Harbor Excursion vessels 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 10,000-mile round-trip journey from Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja's lagoons, where they play, rest, breed and give birth.
Daily Whale Watching Cruises
Experience the gray whale migration with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Dec. 26-April 3
Daily tours: 9:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. & 1:30-5 p.m.
Get ready for one big adventure with Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists and San Diego Harbor Excursion 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. Get a close-up look and learn about gray whale baleen, barnacles and prey 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 Excursion at 619-234-4111 or online
Public: $30 weekdays and $35 weekends
Seniors/Military: $25 weekdays and $30 weekends
Youth (4-12 with paid adult): $15 daily
More information: aquarium.ucsd.edu
Extended Whale Watching in Baja California
Travel south to Baja California's tranquil lagoons with Andiamo Tour Mexico and Birch Aquarium at Scripps naturalists for extended trips to see gray whales up-close. 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 addition to the lagoons, highlights include authentic cuisine, scenic views of Baja's desert and memorable stops along the way. Watch a Video.
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 aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Weekend Whale Safari (five days)
Visitors can experience up-close encounters with gray whales during extended whale watching trips to Baja California with Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
$740 per person in double occupancy
$920 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Adventure (four days)
$590 per person in double occupancy
$720 single occupancy (subject to availability)
Whale Watching Expedition (six days)
$885 per person in double occupancy
$1,095 single occupancy (subject to availability)
For more information about Birch Aquarium at Scripps' whale watching programs and events, please call 858-534-7336 or visit aquarium.ucsd.edu
About Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 410,000, including 45,000 school children.
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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. 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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