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28 September

Best Places to See Local Sea Life in San Diego without Getting Wet

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is an aquarium and the public outreach center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. he mission of the aquarium is to provide ocean science education, interpret Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation. The exhibits feature a number of local species of ocean life found in the kelp forests just off shore of San Diego. The aquarium even has a touch tank tide-pool exhibit where curious visitors can touch sea cucumbers, anemones, and sea urchins!

Hornblower Cruises Whale Watching

San Diego is one of the best locations to watch whales year-round. Gray Whales migrate winter-spring from feeding grounds in Alaskan waters to calving lagoons in Baja California and back. In summer, the legendary Blue Whales- the largest animals on Earth- commonly feed offshore of the San Diego coast. People often see other species such as Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Pilot Whales and even Killer Whales on the cruises. Hornblower even offers a voucher if by chance there are no whale sightings on the cruise (this does count dolphins though).

La Jolla Cove

One of La Jolla’s most popular attractions, Sea Lions are often found on the beach or on rocky outcroppings of the cove, unless surf or weather is prohibitive. While taking a trip to downtown La Jolla make sure to walk over to the cliffs to see these cute animals in action. Be sure to not disturb these precious animal though.

Children’s Pool Beach, La Jolla

Seal Rock, which is located just north of the beach is home to hundreds of seals, and its close proximity to the Children’s Pool La Jolla has increased seal interest in the pool area. Seals have since come to the La Jolla Children’s Pool to bathe, bask and even give birth to their seal pups. Due to this large seal population, marine life advocates are pushing for the Children’s Pool to become a marine sanctuary. Although the debate continues, the beach is currently being shared by both humans and seals and is open to the public.

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