When I was a kid I had a jack-in-the-box. I would turn the handle never knowing when the jack would pop up. Whale watching with the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOP) and Harbor Breeze Cruise is sort of like that. The boat takes you a few miles off shore in search of whales of all sorts depending upon the season. So you scan the horizon 360 degrees in search of signals – usually the tell-tale blow of a whale. Along the way, various creature show up, pop up and/or otherwise amuse. Sea birds, fish, dolphins, sea lions and seals, just a variety of marine life. The AOP now has a web app to track the whales and dolphins. Check it out at: http://whaleproject.aquariumofpacific.org/
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Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific and embark on Harbor Breeze Cruises for a three-hour whale watch excursion with Aquarium experts daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Blue Whale & Sea Life Cruise combo ticket is available for purchase on-site at the Aquarium of the Pacific and may be purchased in advance by calling 562-590-3100. Prices are $59.95 per adult age 12 or older, $55.95 per senior age 62 or older, and $39.95 per child (includes whale watch and Aquarium admission). Whale watch tickets can be purchased without Aquarium admission through Harbor Breeze Cruises in advance by calling 562-983-6880 ($45 on weekdays and $50 on weekends per adult, $40 per senior, $30 per child).