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Whale Watching

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If Northern California whale watching is on your agenda during your stay with us, there are many excellent viewing sites in Sonoma County. The best places to see the whale migration are from Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, Fort Ross State Park, and Timber Cove.

From late November through February you may see California gray whales, 40 - 60 feet long while whale watching in Northern California. They are migrating from the rich feeding fields of the Arctic region down the California coast. Pregnant whales are usually in the lead, with non-pregnant females and males following behind, courting and mating as they travel. After a four to seven week stay in the lagoons of coastal Baja, while the birthing takes place, the migration returns by the North Coast from late February through April. Mothers and their calves leave last, so they can be seen passing by as late as early May.

To see the whales at close range, you may take whale-watching cruises out of Bodega Bay. Local fishing boats offer whale-watching cruises throughout the season and the Oceanic Society also offers trips on Saturdays and Sundays in March and April. While on a Bodega Bay whale watching cruise, you may see dolphins, humpback whales, harbor seals, seabirds, and possibly even a blue whale, the largest animal ever.