Whale Watching on the Coast
Whale watching is one of our favorite sports on the Sonoma/Mendocino Coast. We start watching the California Gray Whale around about late October, when they begin to travel down our coast. They leave their summer home off Alaska each year on a journey of thousands of miles to Baja California.
During the Spring migration, when the Gray whales are returning north to their summer feeding grounds, mother’s and babies are generally seen quite close to shore.
Although the California Gray Whale is our most frequent visitor, humpbacks, orcas and blues are occasionally seen.
To spot whales, scan the ocean on a day when thee are few whitecaps. Look for the distinctive puff of white spray as they exhale once or twice before diving for several minutes at a time.
Plan a visit here to the coast soon to see houses and maybe a whale or two!