Ever since we decided to stay in Long Beach I had wanted to go on a whale watching cruise as one of the day activities to do and I also thought the girls would like it. The day before we thought we could just go down to Huntington Beach and hop on a boat and go. Luckily we called ahead and found out that that was not the case. This time we had reservations when we hit the 405 S highway guided by the GPS. We thought that rush hour would be over by 9ish when we got out there but thanks to the carpool lane we made it to our scheduled cruise on time. When they left the dock we positioned us in a good location for seeing some see creatures.
Once we got about 1-2 miles of the coast Sarah unfortunately was affected by the motion of the see and spent the rest of the cruise inside. Pretty soon the captain said that we had a whale in our area but it had just dived. We hung around for 7-10 minutes to see if it was going to surface again but it did not so the captain decided to move on and it was not long before we came in contact with a blue whale.
We saw at least one more blue whale and a humpback whale. The humpback was about 10 feet of the boat and it was not until after that it hit you that he/she probably could have over turned the boat if it wanted. I got no good pictures of the humpback though.
One of the blue whales did show it's tail which by the reaction of the captain seemed to be a big deal. Here are my pictures of that.
There are many more pics of the whales but not so many exciting ones.
After we got back on dry land we had some lunch and right by the restaurant there was a ferris wheel that Hanna wanted to go on so me and the girls went on it and it was great.
After the Ferris wheel we picked up Sarah headed over to a an arcade with games and had some fun.