Observation Post #7
Scientific Survey Site
Northbound gray whales pass here from mid February through May. Since 2002, this is the survey site of Gray
an independent nonprofit corporation for research and education.
More than 80 volunteers help survey and count the northbound
whales here, seeing those that use use the migration corridor in
the nearshore of the Santa Barbara Channel. These
whales choose to go along the coast, which is the long
but with some advantages. See map of survey site, to answer: Which Channel Island is closest to Coal Oil Point?
Photo: Michael H. Smith
This image shows the heart-shaped blow of the gray whale.