SAN DIEGO, CA
San Diego offers an incredible diversity of whale species throughout the year, providing visitors with unique and captivating experiences during each season. Here is a seasonal breakdown of the whale species you can expect to encounter on your whale-watching adventure with Net Zero Expeditions:
WINTER SEASON - GRAY WHALES (Jan-March)
Witness the remarkable migration of approximately 20,000 gray whales as they pass along the California coast. This is the peak season for gray whale sightings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close.
SPRING SEASON - HUMPBACK, FIN, GRAY WHALES (March-MAY)
Humpback Whales: Observe the acrobatic displays of humpback whales, as they return to the area and start their feeding activities.
Fin Whales: Encounter the second-largest whale species in the world as they make their presence known with their impressive size and streamlined bodies.
Gray Whales: While some gray whales may still be spotted during this period, their numbers gradually decrease as they continue their journey northward.
PRIME BLUE WHALE SEASON (JUNE - JULY)
Experience the peak whale watching season in San Diego for encountering the magnificent blue whales, the largest animals on Earth. During this time, the chances of spotting these gentle giants are particularly high and almost guaranteed, with June often being the best month for sightings.
SUMMER SEASON (JUly - September)
Blue Whales: While blue whale sightings may still be possible, their numbers may decrease as the season progresses.
Fin Whales: Continue to witness the presence of fin whales, with their impressive size and streamlined bodies. In some rare instances calves may approach our vessel in a display of curiosity you'll never forget.
Humpback Whales: Enjoy the majestic humpbacks, as they continue to feed and thrive in the abundant waters of San Diego.
FALL SEASON (OCtober - DECEMBER)
Humpback Whales: October marks the prime season for encountering humpback whales, as they gather in larger numbers and engage in behaviors such as breaching and tail slapping.
Exotic Species: Fall is also a time when the possibility of encountering rare and exotic species increases, adding an element of excitement to your whale-watching experience.