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The Central Coast of California is home to the world's largest and smallest marine creatures, including 34 species of marine mammals. The nutrient-rich waters of San Luis Bay attract baitfish like anchovies, which in turn attract seals, dolphins and whales. 

In winter and spring, watch for the heart-shaped blows of gray whales on their annual migration. Year-round you might see dolphins surfing waves or sea otters bobbing in kelp. Listen for the raucous barks of sea lions, hauled out on nearby docks. 

Be a wildlife steward. Give animals the space they need to eat, rest and socialize. Keep your distance and please do not touch, feed or chase wildlife. Enjoy and help protect this diverse and fragile marine environment.

The Whale Trail sign is located at the Avila Beach Pier and supported by VisitAvilaBeach, Port San Luis Harbor DistrictCentral Coast Aquarium, and Highway 1 Discovery Route

The Whale Trail is a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. Learn more in this video

Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails along the Salish Sea and the Pacific Coast.

Our goals are as follows:

  1. Increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species
  2. Connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat
  3. Inspire stewardship and build community
  4. Promote land-based whale watching

Listen to the interview about the Whale Trail here and read more in the Pasadena Independent article here.


Avila Beach Pier
Avila Beach, CA 93424




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