Southern California’s world renowned attractions had lured tourists into its shores last summer and this winter will be no different with a different type of visitors who will be traveling along the West Coast to feast their eyes on the migrating California Gray Whales en route to their destinations.
The California Gray whale, once feared to be on the verge of extinction have become the primary players in a spectacle as they splash and glide their way through the seaside community of Dana Point following a migratory route they have known for many years.
The weekend of March 8 and 9 is show-time for these 35-ton sea giants with the City of Dana Point leaving nothing to chance preparing for this annual event as it has done so for the last 43 years when the Dana Point Harbor was constructed. Dana Point is considered to be West Coast’s “premier location to meet and greet these incredible creature” and spreads the welcome mat for the expected 100,000 visitors for the two weekends of the 43rd edition of the Festival of Whales.
The Dana Point Festival is one of Southern California’s largest seafaring celebrations that reach out to whale admirers around the world. At this time of the year, Dana Point bursts with activities worth the annual pilgrimage that include an array of like opening day parade, Street Fair geared for families, art and craft exhibits, classic car and vintage boat exhibits, paddling events, sand sculpting, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, fun food, and whale watching excursions on a variety of vessels or whale watching from Dana Point Headlands Conservation Park.
Dana Point, considered the “Whale Capital of the West” is located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Experts believe that Dana Point’s 200-foot cliffs that jut out into the sea serve as navigational landmark for the migrating whales. The Harbor’s design also allows for quick access to the open water, permitting more time for whale-watching.
About 25 percent of the migrating whale population follows the coastline throughout their migration coming especially close to the shore at Dana Point. At peak season, from December through March, some 40 to 50 whales pass by at about 5 miles per hour with Dana Point the most strategic spot to admire these sea behemoths. California Gray Whales are not the only sea creatures which make their annual trip along the shores of Dana Point with other kinds of whales also being spotted making their journey and this include, Fin Whales, Blue Whales and Killer Whales.
The gray whale is a baleen whale and belongs to the cetacean species which also includes dolphins and porpoises. (Baleen is a fibrous yet elastic structure that enables some whales to filter food from the water for ingestion). These whales can grow over 50 ft. long and live as long as 50 – 70 years. The whaling industry in the 17th-20th century almost almost wiped these creatures off the sea. With the conservation effort, there are now at least 20,000 gray whales making the journey.
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Asian Business Association (Inland Empire) Annual Health Expo
The 3rd Annual Health2Wealth Expo of the Asian Business Association of Inland Empire (ABAIE) will be held on March 20 at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center, (5890 College Park Avenue, Chino, CA 91710).
The free public event themed “A Better You for Business Success” has lined up informative segments that include a talk from the invited expert on “Mind, Body, and Spirit”, a panel of experts to answer inquiries from the attendees, health screenings, yoga/fitness demonstrations, vendor tables and networking.
Organizers said that “Asian-American owned and other businesses seeking an opportunity to promote their products and services in the health, wellness and wealth industries are most welcome to participate”.
Professionals and entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to be exposed a network of organizations in the Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Inland Empire regions.
For information on sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities, please contact: