Each winter southern Californians have the privilege of seeing migrating Gray Whales right off shore! ACS-LA is committed to educating people about these great creatures. Along with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, ACS-LA trains docents to accompany whale watching trips to educate the public about the whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that live off our coast.

© Greg Hachigian – CWW 2017 Training Trip

© Greg Hachigian – CWW 2017 Training Trip

We encourage all whale enthusiasts to consider becoming a volunteer Naturalist with our Program. If you are interested in participating:

  • Training is held each Tuesday October through March at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro from  7:00-9:00pm.
  • Training starts each year on the first Tuesday in October. Mark your calendar.
  • Registration is available only at the Aquarium during the first, second and third sessions. After the third training session registration is closed for the season. Please consider returning next year.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • For more information on the program, please visit the CMA website’s volunteer page.
Cabrillo Whalewatch Partner Landings

We partner with the following whale watch companies. Trips are available late December through April and are 2.5 to 3 hours long. Whalewatch Naturalists are available for trips with:

Redondo Sport Fishing
233 N Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-2111

Marina del Rey Sportfishing
13759 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 622-3625

Spirit Cruises
Ports O’ Call Village, San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-8080

ACS-LA CMA Whalewatch