CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 |
Gray whales cruise through Southern California waters every winter, but this month the migratory giants have shown up so early and in such numbers that they are astounding many longtime observers. Whale spotters stationed at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have logged a record 163 sightings so far this December, more than they have seen at this point in 28 years. Although the gray whale-watching season doesn't typically start until the end of December, the unprecedented number of early arrivals is delighting tourists, boaters and divers as the animals travel south along the coast to Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2011 |
Spend enough time on a boat in Southern California and you'll see your fill of sea lions, dolphins and even the occasional whale. But a group of whale watchers this week were treated to a less common sight, crossing paths with a sea otter off the coast of Laguna Beach. The Dana Pride was on a whale-watching excursion Monday afternoon when the crew spotted one of the furry marine mammals lingering just outside some kelp a quarter-mile offshore. "His head came up and they said, 'Wow, that's a sea otter' and it just came up and watched our boat," said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
April 27, 2011 |
The Great Canadian Travel Co.'s six-day "Churchill Beluga Whale Tour" takes travelers to observe migrating belugas at the mouth of Canada 's far-north Churchill River. Other highlights include a "tundra buggy" excursion to see other wildlife and town tours. Itinerary: Winnipeg, Canada, to Churchill and back Dates: Departures every Saturday from July 2 to Aug. 13 Price: About $1,900, double occupancy (single supplement about $600), including hotel accommodations, airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, an airport transfer in Churchill and all sightseeing and boat tours.
March 4, 2011 |
"Devolved" is a wan spoof of TV's "Lost" and "Survivor" as seen through the prism of high school dynamics. Writer-director John Cregan covers the basics of character, situation and theme here but never finds his comic footing, resulting in a debut feature that's more tired than inspired. After a whale-watching expedition goes bad, a group of San Diego high school seniors becomes shipwrecked on a desert island off the coast of Mexico, where the popular kids face off against the "unpopulars" in a battle for supremacy.
May 2, 2010 |
Call it the shoulder season for whale watching. At this time of year, gray whales vanish from the California coast and start arriving in Alaska, and humpback and blue whales begin moving into Monterey Bay, making it prime spot for spotting the giants. The deal: Casa Munras Hotel & Spa is a historic hotel in Old Town Monterey whose "Whale of a Good Time" package for two starts at $183 a night (not including tax) and includes a room with one queen-size bed, free Wi-Fi access and use of a heated swimming pool and fitness area and two adult tickets for a whale-watching tour.
January 21, 2010
California State Park Rangers lead 2 1/2 -hour boat trips into the Pacific on a search for gray whales at Malibu Pier Whale Watching Excursions . The noble creatures are in the midst of their annual trip between Mexico and the northern Arctic seas. You could also catch a glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and other marine life. Malibu Pier, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $30-$45. (310) 456-8031. www.malibupier.com.
July 3, 2008 |
It's a bizarre yet wondrous sight: a 40-foot humpback whale holding position only a few feet beside a 75-foot catamaran. The whale's radiant white pectoral fins are spread like wings. Its massive body rolls gently as this great leviathan casts a curious glance toward its gawking admirers. It's one of two "friendlies" providing passengers aboard the Condor Express with encounters so close they can hardly believe their eyes. "I would do this every day, in a heartbeat, if I could afford it," says Ginny Harris, a tourist from Morehead City, N.C. "I live on the East Coast and we have dolphins, but I have never seen whales -- and certainly nothing like this."
March 28, 2008 |
'Blow!" came the long-awaited cry, from someone aboard the Monte Carlo, and suddenly scores of people who for hours had appeared comatose were up and alert. It was 3:44 p.m. The vessel had left its San Pedro dock at 8:15 a.m. on a daylong search timed to coincide with the peak period of the northbound Pacific gray whale migration. Capt.
March 30, 2007 |
The first dolphins arrive like pointy-nosed escorts sent to guide the Monte Carlo to some enchanted mammalian universe. They ride bow waves and leap high on both sides of the 75-foot vessel, seemingly trying to better glimpse the people, who are crammed at the foredeck trying to get a better glimpse. As one wave falls back, others emerge from a pod perhaps 3,000 strong, in an acrobatic display that lasts nearly an hour.
March 27, 2007 |
The Coast Guard searched Monday for a sunken whale-watching catamaran whose mast broke off near Maui, killing one man and requiring the rescue of at least 50 tourists. The crew from the 55-foot tour boat reported on the vessel's radio Sunday evening that the mast had snapped about two miles off Kahana Beach near Kaanapali. Witnesses said the boat was sinking and many passengers were already in the water when more boats arrived.