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Blue Whale Watching in San Diego

Book Your Whale Watching Tour BLUE WHALE  Balaenoptera musculus The blue whale a rorqual, a family that also includes the humpback whale, fin whale, Bryde’s whale, sei whale, Omura’s whale, and minke whale. On land an animal the size of a blue whale would be crushed by its own weight without the support of large heavy bones. Because its body is supported by water,  the need for heavy bones  disappeared. This, plus…

Gray Whale

Description: The average size of a gray whale is approximately 11 to 15 meters (36–50 feet) long, and it may weigh up to 45,000 kg (49.6 tons). Like other baleen whales, females grow larger than males. Seen from above, a gray whale’s body tapers at both ends, and is a dark slate color that can appear mottled gray. Generally, so many barnacles and whitish scars appear on older whales that…

Baleen Whales in San Diego

Hornblower's Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruises highlight baleen whales in San Diego, especially Gray Whales and Blue Whales, which seasonally travel along the San Diego coastline. This page features Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin whales that are also commonly spotted during these whale watch cruises. All whales are cetaceans— a group of marine mammal that includes all dolphins, porpoises, and whales. Cetaceans have a single or double blowhole (nostril/s) on…

Learn about and track the Gray Whale Migration

It’s whale watching season for the Gray Whales in San Diego and the height of the season is this Saturday’s San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival. In honor of this weekend’s festival, we wanted to share some really cool websites we’ve found about the Gray Whales. The first one is Journey North’s Gray Whale Sightings. Journey North is an organization that focuses on citizen scientists in a global study of…

Dolphins and Other Toothed Whales

Toothed Whales While the goal of Hornblower's Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventure Cruises is to spot one or more baleen whale species, such as the gray whale or blue whale, guests also enjoy watching the dolphins that are spotted on most cruises along with rare sightings of other toothed whales. Dolphins and other toothed whales are cetaceans— a group of marine mammals that includes all dolphins, porpoises, and whales. All cetaceans have a single or…

California Sea Lion

DESCRIPTION: Adult male California sea lions are typically chocolate brown in color and are easily distinguished from females by the raised bump on their forehead called a sagittal crest. Males also grow much larger than females, reaching lengths of 6.5 to 8 feet (2–2.5 meters) and weighing 440 to over 880 pounds (200–400 kilograms). Adult females are usually blond in color, are about 5 to 6.5 feet (1.5–2 meters) in length,…

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