Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to host annual Whale Fiesta in January.

A Whale of a Good Time

Photos by Gary Florin, Cabrillo Aquarium

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is scheduled to present the 49th annual Whale Fiesta from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Aquarium.

This fun-filled family event, co-sponsored by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, celebrates marine mammals, and the beginning of the migration of the Pacific gray whales along Southern California.

More than 20 marine life organizations are expected to be on exhibit and provide information about their efforts to bring awareness and protection to these animals. Throughout the day, expert Cabrillo whale-watch naturalists will give talks on various marine mammals.

The highlight of the day is the “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest,” where model whales are created by all ages. Other special activities throughout the day will include face painting, music, marine mammal-related arts and crafts projects for all ages, a puppet show, a life-sized walk-through whale and a passport contest for prizes.

The fiesta’s grand finale will be “Expando the Whale,” where participants walk through a life-sized whale.

The Aquarium’s Exploration Center, Aquatic Nursery and the Marine Library will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the whole day enjoying the many activities; there is no admission charge.

The Aquarium is at 3720 Stephen M. White Dr. in San Pedro, and is a Rec and Parks facility with support from Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. For more information or to receive a calendar of events call (310) 548-7562 or visit our Website at