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DANA POINT, Calif. – April 19, 2017 – Dana Point, California is known as the Whale Capital of the West. Scientists believe that it may possibly serve as a reference “landmark” for whales and is also a famous gathering area, attracting not only marine mammals but marine biologists and whale lovers from around the world. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel can witness these amazing animals with an overnight experience that includes the three-hour Biggest Show on Earth whale watching excursion through the resort’s Eco-Adventure Center.

The Whale Watching Package starts at $924 per night and includes overnight accommodations, The Biggest Show on Earth adventure for two guests.

The Biggest Show on Earth begins in the Eco-Adventure Center where expert naturalists provide an overview and brief introduction to the program. The naturalist then accompanies guests on the catamaran, providing education about the whales and other marine life that is seen while out on the ocean. The guided activity also includes transportation to and from Dana Point Harbor, as well as a light snack on the boat.

“More than 110 blue whales sightings were made last summer off the coast of Dana Point,” said Lyn Evins, Director of Resort Experiences. “Seeing these amazing creatures in their natural habitat is one of the most remarkable encounters and is truly something you will remember forever.”

Blue Whales

From May through November, blue whales, the largest mammals ever to roam the earth, congregate in Dana Point to feed on four to six tons of krill a day in our abundant waters. Blue whales are steel gray in color and are long and streamlined. Their dorsal fins are extremely small, and each whale has a unique fluke that is as wide as a wingspan on a private jet plane. Blue whales are rorqual whales, a family of baleen whales with pleated throat grooves that expand when the animal takes in water while feeding. Blue whales can reach a length of up to 100 feet, weigh as much as 150 tons and have been found in every ocean of the world. They are solitary mammals; however, they are occasionally seen feeding in loose groups where food is abundant.

Other whales including fin, minke, humpback and killer whales, are occasionally seen in the waters off of Dana Point.