SACRAMENTO (AP) – In some parts of the country, December means it's time to get out the ice skates or the skis.
Along the California coast, though, December means it's time to get out the binoculars to spot whales on their annual migration south.
The gray whale is the most commonly seen migrating whale. The whales follow a route from the Bering and Chukchi seas, north of Alaska, along the California coastline to the warm waters of Baja California. There they give birth before returning home to Alaska in the spring.
You can take whale-watching cruises sponsored by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, near Los Angeles; Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro; and Redondo Sport Fishing, in Redondo Beach.
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