Never having been a fan of winter, there is one thing that I look forward to when the temperatures drop and the sun sets before the end of the work day. And that’s the annual Grey Whale migration. They begin their journey in October off the coast of Alaska, cruising past La Jolla between the months of November and March before reaching the endpoint in the lagoons of Baja California where they breed and give birth.
It’s an amazing time. Literally thousands of these magnificent mammals migrate along the same route every year. You can see their spouts as they breath from the cliffs of San Diego, as they’re only a couple of miles offshore.
The Whale Watching tourism in San Diego is growing every year to take advantage of this beautiful event. And the most intimate way to watch these whales is from the seat of a kayak. Self-propelled, there’s no loud motor to disturb the whales. Nothing but the calm open ocean and the peaceful meanderings of mammoth mammals.
On the last day of 2015, I was lucky enough to conduct a Whale Watching Kayak tour with my brother at work. We paddled about 2.5 miles out, spotting spouts to our North West 3/4 of the way there. We lined ourselves up to end up alongside 12 Grey Whales as they passed. Three of them breached just feet from our group as we sat there in the quiet stillness of the ocean. It is one of the most spectacular and humbling moments you can experience. They move by, completely aware of you, with a slow grace that lights a fire of intense connection with them. Life on such a scale, 40 tons, washes over your being and you can’t help but smile.
I didn’t get any footage, but one of our customer’s did. It’s amazing. You can find it on our Everyday California Instagram page. But, I did find some amazing footage my buddy took a couple of years ago of the time him and I kayaked alongside Blue Whales. Click the link below to see up close the largest creature to have ever existed.