Whale of a Weekend highlights the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, which completes one of the longest migrations of any species, traveling 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip between the arctic seas and the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. This migration takes the whales past the Santa Monica Pier - sometimes within viewing distance from the west end observation deck.
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will provide a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Pier, stocked with binoculars and field guides, giving visitors the opportunity to search for whales and other local wildlife. Volunteer Naturalists staffing the observation station can address questions about these gentle giants. The Fish Contamination and Education Collaborative will be on hand to run a fishing game teaching which fish are safe to eat.
Inside the Aquarium, guests can make a variety of whale related arts and crafts. Learn more interesting facts about these migratory mammals at the Aquarium through story time, film screenings and fun, interactive presentations for all ages.Visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth. Kids of all ages can have their faces painted and make a whale visor to take home.
1-4 p.m. Wildlife Observation Station (West End of the Pier) 2:30 p.m. Presentation: Whale Migration 3:30 p.m. Whale of a Tale Story Time (Saturday Only) 3:30 p.m. Shark Feeding and Presentation (Sunday Only)