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Humpback whales putting on show off Orange and Los Angeles counties

March 23, 2009 | 10:26 am


Gray whale migration? Who cares when there are far livelier and more interactive humpbacks in our midst. The accompanying photos were taken on a gray Saturday by Marcus Estrada aboard the Dana Pride eight miles beyond Dana Point.

Dana Wharf is among many landings running daily excursions to coincide with the Pacific gray whale northbound migration. Its trips cost $29 for adults, $24 for members of the military, and $19 for children, and depart at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Tuesday is bargain day, with all tickets priced at $14.50.

But you never know where the humpbacks will surface. They've been seen regularly in the Santa Barbara Channel, and on Saturday they also put on a show for a large group on an American Cetacean Society-Los Angeles Chapter voyage out of San Pedro.

Their arrival in Southern California waters is early, but nobody's complaining.

--Pete Thomas