August 18, 2012
Truth Aquatics' one-day adventure to Santa Cruz Island is a great day on the water, with whale watching, a visit to Santa Cruz's Painted Cave, snorkeling, kayaking and just plain relaxing. $90 per person includes breakfast and barbecue lunch; $50 for kids ages 5 to 12. Multiday hiking trips to the island also are available. Truth Aquatics, Santa Barbara; (805) 962-1127, http://www.truthaquatics.com Doris Schaffer Santa Barbara
April 22, 2012 |
Travelers may think of Hawaii as the land of surfboards, sunsets and mai tais, but there's a lava flow of reasons to go beyond the beaches and discover why residents say they are lucky to live in Hawaii. And, yes, some of the state's best beaches are found on the Big Island. But don't get stuck there. Do what the locals do: Swim with the honu. There are five snorkeling areas along the Big Island's Kohala Coast: Puako Bay, Waialea Beach (Beach 69), Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea and Mauume.
February 10, 2012 |
The best time to go whale-watching in Egypt would have been about 37 million years ago. Smithsonian magazine recently profiled the amazing whale boneyard at Wadi Hitan where fossils reveal an important evolutionary tidbit: the whales had little legs and feet. In California, it's whale-watching season right now -- for Pacific gray whales, without feet. It's also a time when Mendocino and nearby towns host festivals to mark the whales' northbound journey from Mexico to Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2012 |
Tour boats were buzzing with activity Thursday as sightseers spotted dozens of killer whales cruising the Southern California coast. Whale-watching vessels reported seeing 20 to 40 of the marine mammals, also known as orcas, swimming up the coast from Dana Point to Long Beach. It's not uncommon for killer whales to roam Southern California waters in search of sea lions and other prey, according to the experts who track and identify them. Seeing them in such numbers, however, is unusual.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2012 |
A well-known marine biologist and whale-watching tour operator has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly feeding killer whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in violation of federal wildlife provisions. Nancy Black, owner and operator of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, was indicted in San Jose federal court Wednesday and charged with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bars harming, harassing, feeding and otherwise interfering with marine mammals, including dolphins, sea lions and whales.
January 2, 2012 |
Gray whales have been turning up early and in record numbers as they migrate south along the Southern California coast heading to Baja, so don't let this be the season you miss the boat. Tony Barboza reports in this L.A. Times story : "Whale spotters stationed at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have logged a record 163 sightings so far [in] December, more than they have seen at this point in 28 years. " Check out these whale-watching places to see the migration firsthand: Point Vicente Interpretive Center , 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes; (310)