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Gray Whale Ecology Field Course

Group of OCC student on boats watching grey whales

Have you been whale watching before?  Not like this trip! Pacific Gray Whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal recorded. One of their destinations is to shallow lagoons in Baja where pregnant females give birth to their calves and other adult whales will mate. This natural setting provides an unrivaled opportunity for Orange Coast College students to see gray whales up close.


The trip to Baja is the field component for the class entitled Gray Whale Ecology (Mrsc 124/Esec 124) and sometimes there is an opportunity to enroll in Desert Ecology (Esec 141). The class portion of the course runs for 5 weeks in the spring semester.  Students meet once a week for 2 hours to learn about whales and generally the field trip will be during the fifth week of class. Most years there are two separate course offered one with opportunities to embark on a 4-day trip to Baja over President's Day Weekend or a 6-day trip during Spring Break. 


In order to enroll for this class you will need to pay for the Baja Trip during the Fall semester.  The trip cost varies ($620-$1160) depending on the trip length. A deposit of $200 will be due mid-October to reserve your spot and the balance is due in the first week of December.


If you would like more information or get on the interest list for our next trip/class please contact Karen Baker: kbaker@occ.cccd.edu