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Virginia Beach Winter Whale Watching

By January 9, 2014

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Each winter, from late December until mid-March, something huge happens off the coast of Virginia. Majestic humpback whales and fin whales follow a migration route that brings these magnificent oceanic mammals to the coastal waters near Virginia Beach. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's education-based Winter Wildlife Boat Trips offer the chance to see these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat, as well as harbor seals, harbor porpoises, sea birds and more.

Although the boat trips are subject to weather conditions and schedule changes, they typically take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 2 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m., 12 noon, and 3 p.m. and on holiday Mondays. While whale sightings vary in number each year and cannot be guaranteed, several humpback whales have already been spotted this season on boat trips during the past few weeks. On at least one recent trip, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center reported that many of the whales surfaced close enough to the boat that the guests were treated to the sounds of the whales exhaling. Read More...

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