The group that was on the noon trip yesterday did NOT see the Masked
I understand it was on the 3 pm trip. We did have 2 No. Fulmars,
some Black-vented Shearwaters, two pods of hundreds of Common
Dolphins, 4 sp. Terns, 3 or 4 sp Gulls and misc. others. Not a
lot, but one of the most beautiful days on the ocean--calm, warm,
& short with at least 18 birders & around 40 on board, so
easy to move around w/space for 149.
There are two 2 -2 1/2 hr trips daily: noon & 3pm. Capt Carl
suggested that the 3 pm trip is your better
, with the premise the Boobies are probably out feeding
during the day & coming back to one of the buoys at days end to
rest overnight. Makes a problem for driving home in traffic so you
may want to stop for dinner first.
If you want to confirm the birds were seen the previous day, call 562-432-4900
. In any event, do let them
know you are there to see the Boobies and they will take extra
efforts to find them. (Hopefully the Captain will follow thru and
start putting positive & negative reports on our
website, plus let us know about the
Short-tailed Shearwater that shows up in Jan or Feb.)
Tickets may be purchased there or ahead at www.2seewhales.com
Regular tickets there are $45 with senior tix at $40. Bit less
if you buy online, w/ the mid-week cost at $35 plus $2 fee totaling
$37. Your best bet
if two going is
purchasing 2 tix for $49 from Groupon.com
Directions: From the 405 Fwy, go south on the 710
LongBeach/Pasadena Fwy south 10 miles. Take the well-marked
Downtown/Aquarium exit to the left onto W. Shoreline Drive for 1.9
mi. Turn left onto S. Pine Ave .3 mi. which takes you to the
easiest parking which is in the Aquarium parking structure for $8.
Exit left from the parking structure elevators toward Harbor Breeze
Cruises in Rainbow Harbor adjacent to the Aquarium.
Other thoughts: Days aren't always as wonderful, so be sure to
have a wind-proof & warm jacket, hat w/a cord, sunglasses.
Maybe clear soda & soda crax if you tend to be seasick.
Food/drinks available on board. Some of us are planning to go on
the Fri 3 pm trip if bird seen today.
Cheers & Good Luck,
West San Fernando Valley