Whale watching tours offer some of the most unforgettable experiences you can have on a holiday. Just imagine these gentle majestic creatures close by, larger than life, spouting a stream of water in the air right in front of you – it may well be one of the most awe-inspiring sights you will ever see in your life!
You will want to make sure that your tour stays etched in your memories for the right reasons, not the wrong ones. This is why choosing a reputable, knowledgeable operator plays a large part in ensuring a holiday you’ll remember with fondness for the rest of your life. Here are few things to consider in choosing the company to take you on your whale watching tours:
What Kind Of Whale (And Other Marine Life) Do You Want To See?
The species of whales sighted on whale watching tours vary depending on the geographic location the company operates; so if there’s a particular kind you have your heart set on, research the locations and the companies that offer tours in those places beforehand. Since whales are migratory, keep in mind that these locations can vary depending on the time of the year. Most areas have very short seasons for whale watching, so you will want to keep that in mind as well.
What Kind Of Boat Do They Have?
Vessels for Whale Watching San Diego vary from large cruise ships to smaller private vessels, and the price usually gets lower depending on how many people are on board – though that’s not always the case. Private charters cost the most, depending again on the type of vessel.
The largest mammal in the world. the Blue whale that can grow up to ninety-five foot long takes up residence in the San Diego together with the Fin whale, which is the second largest whale. Once the crew spots a gray whale, the markings will be known to you as well. The whale has white mottling with barnacle spots on the body. There are many small humps behind the low dorsal hump and no dorsal fin. Their blow is low and bushy in appearance. Their tail is usually shown when diving. A mature whale can reach 46 feet long and weigh from 30 to 40 tons. Compare that to a mature land mammal (male elephant) at 11 feet tall (at the shoulders) and 12,000 pounds.
One may even have such wonderful luck to see the whale’s breach or spy hop during their long distance marathon. Breaching is a behavior that involves leaping partially out of the water and returning on their backs or sides with a tremendous splash. It seems to scientists that it is associated with breeding. Spy hopping is a fascinating activity since the whales raise only their heads out of the water. They will then return gradually below the surface. The reason is unknown, but it is assumed that the migrating whales are looking for shoreline landmarks.
Families with small children will want to choose whale watching tours on larger boats with railings, while all-adult groups can opt for the faster, smaller ones. A large, fast boat is of course the best combination, offering both comfort and speed.