Information About Fin Whales in California

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Southern California Fin Whale Description

The Fin Whale is another one of the whales you can find when take one of our Los Angeles Whale Watching tours. also known as the Razorback Whale is one of the largest animals on the planet. Other than the Blue Whale, no other animal can match the size of a Fin Whale. Fin Whales have been known to reach lengths of up to 90 feet and though one has never been weighed, it is estimated that they can weigh up to 77 tons. Fin Whales, even with their incredible size, have the appearance of being slender due their incredible lengths. They have a brownish gray color with a pale underside. Fin whales are also noticeable by their long dorsal fin which can be seen after the spout. When the Fin Whale surfaces, it will take multiple breaths and remain for 60 to 90 seconds. Their spouts can be up to 18 feet in height. They will then dive down to about 250 meters where they will stay for 10 to 15 minutes before resurfacing. Fin Whales are also very nimble and have been known to completely launch themselves out of the water.

Southern California Fin Whale Population

Like many other whales, fin whale populations were at one point decimated by whaling. Over a 75 year period, about three quarters of a million Fin Whales were killed by whalers, leaving the current population at about 35,000. Though whaling moratoriums have been passed, there are still a few countries that continue the practice. Passing ships and noise pollutions are still another enemy of the Fin Whale and continue to threaten their prosperity.

Southern California Fin Whale Feeding Habits

Fin Whales feed by opening their jaws while swimming at about 7 mph. They have a series of grooves along the bottom of their body that allow their throats to expand significantly to take in enormous amounts of water. They are able to take in about 18,000 gallons of water in a single gulp. It will then close its jaws and push the water out the sides of the mouth. Its baleen, filter the water, letting it escape but trapping the food. Fin Whales dine mostly on schools of fish, krill and other crustaceans. Fin Whales can consume up to 4000 lbs of food per day. They will also herd schools of fish into tight circles by quickly swimming around them. They will then turn on their side and consume the fish. When searching for food, they usually dive to about a depth of 650 feet.

Southern California Fin Whale Migratory Patterns

Fin Whales can be found in most oceans and prefers temperate waters. They can be found in the southern California area year round but populations seem to be more predominate during the winter and summer months. Fin Whales are more social than many other whales, traveling in groups of up to six to 10. While feeding, it is not uncommon to for there to be up to 100 Fin Whales together. Fin Whales are also one of the fastest of the whale, able to travel at speeds of 25 mph for short burst and 22 mph for extended periods.

Whale Watching in Los Angeles

Though Fin Whale populations have been thinned because of whaling, there are still many opportuinites to see these amazing creatures year round. To experience the beauty of the fin whale call our Los Angeles Whale Watching tours at 424-242-0049 and begin your adventure.

If you are in interested in Whale Watching in Los Angeles, we conduct tours seven days a week with tours beginning at 12 and 3 p.m. You might want to arrive early because our tours fill up quickly. Tours will generally last from 2 to 2 ½ hours. Below is ticket pricing and information regarding group rates:

Individual Ticket Prices – Two Hour to 2 ½ Hour Cruise
Adults $35
Seniors (62 and over) $30
Children (11 and under) $25
Children (2 and under) FREE!

Ticket Prices for groups of 25 or more.
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over) $20
Children (11 and under) $15
Children (2 and under) FREE!

You can order your tickets online by clicking the button, Click Here or calling 424-242-0049.  If you have a discount coupon, please present it at the ticket booth.

We look forward to seeing you and continuing to make us your destination for the best whale watching in Los Angeles.  Parking is never a problem and we are withinin walking distance from popular spots such as The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Pike, Shoreline Village, and Pine Street.  Our Los Angeles Whale Watching Tours are a great time for anyone regardless of age. We look forward to providing you with a memory that will exceed your expectations.