Montaña de Oro State Park offers one of the best locations on the Central Coast for wildlife viewing. From here, you can see otters, seabirds, seals and dolphins. Watch the whales year-round, with the best viewing opportunities from mid-December through early April.
Just down this trail to the south, the tide pools at Corallina Cove are a favorite of harbor seals, southern sea otters, seastars, sea anemones and many more fascinating marine creatures. Explore Los Osos and the back bay in Baywood for more wildlife viewing.
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 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:
- Increase awareness that our marine waters are home to orcas and other species
- Connect visitors to orcas, other marine wildlife and their habitat
- Inspire stewardship and build community
- Promote land-based whale watching