A WHALE OF A TIME

Mon­terey Bay Whale Watch in Cal­i­for­nia is your chance to get up close and per­sonal with the Pa­cific’s most spec­tac­u­lar mam­mals

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FEW THINGS COM­PARE to wit­ness­ing whales in the wild. These ma­jes­tic crea­tures em­bark on as­ton­ish­ing mi­gra­tions, have com­plex so­cial struc­tures and are a joy to ob­serve in their nat­u­ral habi­tat. Throw Cal­i­for­nia’s balmy weather and a sea­soned ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist into the mix, and you’re guaranteed an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mon­terey Bay Whale Watch tours are run by Nancy Black, a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist spe­cial­is­ing in killer whales. Black has stud­ied or­cas for the past 30 years, work­ing with lead­ing British and Amer­i­can broad­cast­ers on award-winning doc­u­men­taries, so you know you’re in good hands.

April and May are the per­fect months to go whale watch­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, as killer whales are out on the hunt for mi­grat­ing grey whales. How­ever, Mon­terey Bay Whale Watch runs tours through­out the year – the area is fa­mous for its bio­di­ver­sity, which doesn’t dis­ap­point re­gard­less of when you visit.

Spring tours fo­cus on sight­ings of killer whales, but you may also see a wealth of other species, in­clud­ing hump­backs, blue whales, beaked whales, dol­phins, ot­ters, sea lions and more. You can choose be­tween a four-hour tour or an all-day trip. The best part? If you don’t see any whales on your first tour, you can go on an­other one for free.

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