Here's how to have a whale of a time in Southern California -- go on a whale-watching cruise .
Now through through March is prime whale-watching season, to see these massive mammals off the coast of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Spirit Cruises offers two-hour narrated cruises that sail between one and three miles off the coast of San Pedro. Whales are seen 95 percent of the time, plus sea lions, dolphins and other marine life.
The most common whale seen is the Gray Whale. Fin Whales and Blue Whales have also been spotted, along with Humpback Whales, Orcas and Minke Whales.
There's more than marine life to enjoy. The cruise around Long Beach and Los Angeles Harbors travels under four bridges and past the Queen Mary and Terminal Island Federal Prison.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children.