(From a very recent special Humpback Whale Watching trip)
Humpback Whale Breaching - www.ciscos.com4913
Whale Watching - www.ciscos.com4915
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Seafari Tour - www.ciscos.com4918
Anacapa Island - www.ciscos.com4920
Seafari Tour - www.ciscos.com4921
Anacapa Island - www.ciscos.com4923
A journey through park and sanctuary waters affords the visitor a unique opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of these giants of the deep. The Channel Islands are the perfect location to observe California Gray Whales on both their southbound and northbound migrations. The waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary are rich in nutrients and feed for many species of whales, particularly in the springtime. There is no greater thrill than watching majestic Humpback Whales lunge feed on schools of fin fish. Breeching and tail lobbing are commonly observed behaviors of this crowd pleasing cetacean. Marvel at the sheer enormity of the Blue Whale, the largest animal on our planet. The Channel Islands is one of the few places globally where you can observe several species all on one trip.
Our knowledgeable and friendly crew have years of experience identifying wildlife within the park, and provide fully narrated tours. Additionally, wildlife interpretation is provided by Channel Islands Naturalist Corp, (CINC) volunteers, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We strive to provide you with an educational and entertaining adventure as we explore the natural beauty of what is referred to as the "Galapagos of the Northern Hemisphere." You can expect to encounter seemingly endless wildlife on our Whale Watching excursions, which typically last 3 to 4 hours. A Channel Island Whale Watching trip is perfect for families, friends, school groups and organizations. Experiencing wildlife in their natural setting is a thrill for children and adults of all ages. Come join in the adventure. Welcome aboard Channel Islands Whale Watching.
There are several different species of whales you are likely to encounter on one of our trips. California Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Finback Whales and Orca Whales (Killer Whales) are common sightings in the waters surrounding the Channel Islands. Additional wildlife includes seals, sea lions, dolphins and a rich variety of bird life; some of which are endangered and protected.