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Published: February 20th 2010
Well, really only a long distance view of a really big one, but hundreds of dolphins (which are also whales). My senior ticket for the whale-watching cruise was $28.00 -- the best bargain of the trip. It was an excellent trip with Island Packers. I had been disappointed that there wasn't an island-visiting trip available, but it turned out that our w-w trip was also used to drop off some island visitors (a very large group), so I got to see a little of the CINP up close, besides just the visitor center, which claims that it's the only NP VC that is not actually in the Park. It was foggy when we started, but cleared up as we rounded the Anacapa island after the drop-off, so we had great views. Mostly saw common dolphins (literally hundreds), some bottlenose dolphins, and some sea lions, and nice views of the island. They stayed out longer than scheduled, looking for a large whale and finally saw one breeching in the distance -- I lucked out with my slow cameras and got a bit of a photo of one. Had much better whale-watching in May of 2007 on a trip from Provincetown on Cape
Landing dock at Anacapa
It's a long, long climb up to the top from the dock
Cod -- so I wasn't at all disappointed with this trip -- the dolphins were incredibly fun, coming to race with the boat, right next to it. So, this side-trip a ways north from the LA area was a great break and very pleasant addition to my trip.
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