Information About Humpback Whales

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Southern California Humpback Whale Description

Humpback Whales are part of the baleen whale family. Known scientifcally as Megaptera novaeangliae, humpback whales can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. and can reach lengths ranging from 40 to 50 feet. Humpback whales have a very distinctive look with their bumpy head and very long dorsal fins. Humpback whales are very athletic. It is not uncommon to see a humpback whale breach the surface of the ocean. Male humpbacks are noted for their singing. they will oftentimes sing upwards to 10 to 20 minutes and repeat the song for hours. There is no explanation for the singing, however it is believed to be part of the mating ritual.

Southern California Humpback Whale Population

Humpback whale populations, as with other whales, have been depleted over the years due to whale hunting. At one point, the population fell approximately 90 percent before the 1966 whaling moratorium. While humpback whale populations have increased to about 80,000, they still remain vulnerable to collisions with ships, getting tangled in fishing equipment and noise pollution.

Southern California Humpback Whale Feeding Habits

An interesting characteristic of the Humpback Whale is its feeding habits. They only feed in the summer and live off of stored fat during the winter months with few exceptions. The way they hunt is by stunning the fish and other sea life with their pectoral fins or flukes. Like the Blue Whale, they eat krill but will also eat schools of small fish. Newborns are nursed by their mothers for about a six month period. After this six months they will alternate between nursing and eating on their own. The milk they nurse with is about half fat and has a pinkish color.

Southern California Humpback Whale Migratory Patterns

If you want to go Whale Watching in Los Angeles for humpback whales, the best time of the year is between the months of June and October. After October, humpback whale sightings are very rare. Humpback Whales are frequent travelers, often migrating up to 15,000 miles per year. They travel in pairs or small groups that stay together for a short amount of time and then split up. It is very rare to see a humpback whale relationship last more than a couple of months.

Los Angeles Whale Watching Tours

The Humpback Whale is one of the most spectacular of the whales to view because of the real possibility of a significant breach. Instead of hunting these majestic creatures, people have become more interested in viewing them. Create your own adventure by going Humpback Whale Watching in Los Angeles, and give Harbor Breeze Cruises a call at 424-242-0049 and to find out more information or to reserve a spot on one of our humpback whale watching tours.

Los Angeles Whale Watching conducts whale and dolphin watching cruises daily, with tours at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  The tours do fill up quickly so it is a very good idea to arrive a little early.  Tours usually last from two to two and a half hours.  Ticket prices are as follows:

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 Los Angeles Whale Watching your choice for whale watching in southern California.  We offer convenient parking and are located near many area attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Lighthouse and Queen Mary. We are within walking distance to many local restaurants and shopping areas so you can make a day of it.  Whale watching is a wonderful experience regardless of age.  We can’t wait to provide the Best Whale Watching in Los Angeles experience possible.