Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises: The Grey Whales Return to California!

Photos By Billy Bennight for The Los Angeles Beat.

Once again it’s the beginning of the mighty Grey Whales’ annual migration to the south, passing through on their way to Baja California to birth their calves after a summer of feeding around the north pole. Migrating fin whales, orcas, humpback whales, dolphins, sperm whales, and other animals have also been spotted in the waters off Long Beach. I inquired about new behaviors in the Grey Whales as they migrate to calve in the lower Pacific ocean. The story goes that Grey Whales are holding off the birthing of their calves up to a month before migrating, and in many instances birthing is no longer taking place in Baja California. Rather, calving is taking place in the waters of Southern California, which was once an uncommon occurrence. Studies are taking place to explore this new phenomenon and determine its cause. Now you get to see mother and calf swimming together, which is an amazing experience.

I’ve witnessed the majestic creatures swimming off the shores of San Pedro, Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors to stunning effect. On the whale-watching boats you get the additional bonus of  fresh open ocean air and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean bathed in brilliant sunlight as these wonderous creatures swim alongside and past the boat.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific and embark on Harbor Breeze Cruises for a two- to two-and-a-half-hour whale watch excursion with Aquarium experts daily at noon and 3:00 p.m. The Gray Whale Watch combo ticket is available on site at Aquarium. These tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 562-590-3100. Prices are $49.95 adult ages 12+, $45.95 senior 62+, and $33.95 child (includes whale watch and Aquarium admission).

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Billy Bennight

About Billy Bennight

Billy Bennight is a writer, photographer and wardrobe stylist with expertise and years of experience in these disciplines. His musical youth started as a Punk Rocker and has expanded into exploring many genres of music, with an keen interest in art, fashion, photography and writing. He shoots celebrity events and red carpets for The Photo Access and ZUMA Press. He is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. His images have been published in The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair. He's very engaged in life. You can follow him on his Facebook page at: and on Instagram and Twitter @billybennight
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