Gray whales are often spotted less than 5 miles offshore during peak migration times. A good spot to view them is from the park at 9th Street and Pebble Beach Drive in downtown Crescent City.
Types of Whales or Sealife Likely to be Viewed Here
Each winter, thousands of gray whales swim more than 6,000 miles from the chilly waters of Alaskas Bering and Chukchi Seas to give birth and seek mates in the warm lagoons of Baja California. The whales log an incredible 80 miles each day during their trip, eating little and seldom resting.
These gentle giants are usually spotted less than five miles offshore in Oregon and Northern California and are easily identifiable by their distinctive V-shaped spout.
Best Times for Viewing
Whale watching season in Crescent City peaks in late December and early January and then again in late March for the gray whalesâ€™ northern migration back to Alaska. For the best chance of glimpsing a gray whale, grab a pair of binoculars and be on the lookout in the morning or early afternoon, when the sun is at your back.
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Whale Watching Spoken Here