Here is a note from the "Whale spoken here site" that lets you know more about the upcoming whale watching season:
Winter Whale Watching Week –
Thurs, Dec 26, 2008- Wed, Jan 1, 2009
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trained volunteers will be present at the 26 sites listed on the map (see previous post) to show visitors the gray whales.
This is not the only time you can see the whales. About 18,000 gray
whales will pass by in about 4 weeks, from mid-December to mid-January.
The same locations are still great viewing spots.
The main body of whales is about 5 mile off shore, but some can be seen as close as 1-2 miles off shore.
During the southern migration whales seldom stop to eat, but travel steadily to the Baja lagoons of Mexico.