Whale & Wildlife Cruises
Common Dolphin Pod November 2020 — Video by Lotti Keenan
Seasonal Wildlife Trip Options
Whales & Wildlife You Could See
28 species of whales and dolphins have been identified within the waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary of southern California. On whale and wildlife cruises it is possible to see Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Minke Whales. As well as Orca Whales, Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Pacific White Sided Dolphin and Dall’s Porpoise.
Two Whales Seasons
On all of Island Packers’ trips to the Channel Islands we cruise with an eye out for wildlife, especially everyone’s favorites, whales and dolphins. There are two seasons each year where we specifically go out into the waters of California’s Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. There we view the larger of the marine mammals, the Pacific Gray Whales (Winter) and Humpback and Blue Whales (Summer).
Fin, Humpback and Blue Whales are attracted to the local area during periods of ocean up-welling. Up-welling produce the plankton food the whales feed upon. The ocean conditions that produce this feeding phenomenon usually occur between June and September.