Giant blue whales were once considered quite rare off southern California, but over the last five years this has changed dramatically with hundreds of giant blue whales spotted each year. These giants reach lengths of up to 90 feet and are the largest of all animals. The giant blue whale, the second largest whale in the world is not the only whale that has taken to the waters of southern California. The finback whale has been spotted during the same months as the blue whales. It is also possible to see other varieties of whales during this time of year as well as bottlenose dolphin pods numbering in the hundreds or more. These dolphin pods come within arms reach as they play along side the whale watching ship.
Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline. Not only is it a mecca for whale watching it also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California. The geography of the Newport coastline creates ocean conditions that are more lake like with very calm waters ideal for whale watchers to fully enjoy the amazing migration.