Watch the annual California Gray Whale migration from Del Mar

Another benefit to visiting Del Mar is to witness the annual Gray Whale migration from shore. An excellent place to see them is at Seagrove Park, at the foot of 15th Street.

Early in the season, pods of whales journey south to the warm water lagoons in central and southern Baja California, Mexico from the Bering Sea. In the Spring, they return north and are seen farther offshore.

There is a sense of awe seeing these glorious creatures breach and blow just beyond the surf line. They are so large, yet graceful as they submerge for sometimes minutes at a time before they return to the surface and exhale.

Their spouts can be seen for miles on clear days. Any high point along the hills or bluffs in Del Mar is a great vantage point. I've been very close to them while surfing. There is such a calm feeling when they approach, knowing their sonar has identified you and yet they don't exhibit any fear. Often, their calves are with them, adding to the experience of seeing them.

Other times, we'd launch our Zodiak from the beach to get out beyond them, keeping a respectable distance. Seeing them glide under us several feet below our small boat was so exciting, then as they'd surface and flap one of their huge flukes is an unforgettable experience.

There are many places to go during the season to get out among them.

If you're interested in the California Gray whales, a great place to learn more is the Birch Aquarium just south of Del Mar, above Scripps Pier in La Jolla. For more information, click here Birch Aquarium Whale Watching

Other quality places to go are Hornblower Cruises,which also offer dolphin viewing while on the cruise, Hornblower Cruises

Also, the sportfishing fleet offers tours during the season as well. You can find more information here:

H&M Landing

Seaforth Sportfishing

For More Information on the California Gray Whale and Pictures, click here