Whales migrating off the coast can be seen from shore at two whale watch stations free to the public on weekends during March between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. On Saturdays a National Park Service ranger will be at Pt. Dume State Reserve in Malibu, south of Zuma County Beach to answer questions. The station can be reached from Pacific Coast Highway, following Westward Beach Road to the end and walking up the trail.
On Sundays a ranger will answer questions at the other station located at lifeguard tower 3 at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, south of the Ventura County line on Pacific Coast Highway.
A spotting scope and binoculars are available for use, in addition to information on whales and their migration, dolphins and other marine life.
The program was established by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Department of Fish and Game and the American Cetacean Society. Last year 54 Pacific Gray whales were viewed from shore as they made their annual migration.
For information on other activities in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area, call (818) 888-3770 or visit the information center at 22900 Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.