Location

Geographical Boundaries: The City of Newport Beach -Northern boarder is the Santa Ana River, Southern boarder is the most southern end of Crystal Cove State Park. Area code:92657. Sea area should be extended at least 1.5 miles into the open ocean for the Whale Heritage Site.

Species

Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Finback Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Brydes Whales, Orca, False Killer Whales, Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Long Beaked Common Dolphin, Short Beaked Common Dolphin, Inshore Bottle Nose Dolphin, Offshore Bottle Nose Dolphin, Pacific White Sided Dolphin Risso’s Dolphin.

Motivation to become a WHS

The motivation to apply for and receive Whale Heritage Site status for Newport Landing is to continue to protect and conserve the cetaceans within the Southern California area which the communities livelihoods depends on. With the growing interest in seeing marine mammals up close and personal, this can create hazards for marine life and people. By implementing a “Whale Heritage Site” it may help educate tourists and locals about the cetaceans in the area, and give the site a way to show that this part of the ocean is special. The title also holds organisations and companies working within these sites responsible for its protection, and will ultimately engage them directly in more sustainable business practices and responsible interactions with these marine mammals within the Heritage Site.

Responsible whale watching

Newport Landing and Davey’s Locker strive to run the most sustainable whale watching practices by following the WhaleSAFE guildlines of 300 yards for viewing marine mammals. They work with non-profit organizations such as the American Cetacean Society of Orange County, Crystal Cove Alliance, and HappyWhale. Also they actively contribute to ongoing cetacean research by contributing photo and GPS locations of local whales via HappyWhale and Cascadia Research.

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