Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man’s triumphs with today’s Groupon from First String Sportfishing in San Pedro. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get one child’s ticket to a two-hour whale-watching cruise (a $15 value).
- For $12, you get one adult ticket to a two-hour whale-watching cruise (a $25 value).<p>
Whale-watching cruises run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Piloted by a U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain and crew, the 93-foot First String glides along the coast for a two-hour sojourn along the migration route of the California gray whale. The knowledgeable captains call upon their 30 years of combined experience to narrate the gargantuan sea mammals’ trek, answering tour-goers’ questions and decoding blowhole Morse code. Between ogling at frolicking dolphin pods or stealing glances at scantily clad sunbathing sea lions, guests wash down nibbles of hot and cold fare with beverages available for purchase within the galley or soak up rays on the 70-person sun deck. After meandering through the Catalina thoroughfare channel, the crisp white boat journeys back to the bustling port as patrons bid their newly acquainted aquatic friends farewell, exchanging addresses to keep in touch as pen pals.
First String Sportfishing
First String Sportfishing sails the open seas off of Southern California, taking passengers on both fishing voyages and educational marine tours. Its largest boat, First String, can hold up to 147 people for its whale-watching tours. On board the 93-foot boat, you’ll find two 9-ton fish holds, two radars, a large-screen television, and a dolphin-to-English dictionary. First String Sportfishing’s other boats depart for both Californian and Mexican waters on fishing excursions. These trips typically yield shallow-water rockfish such as Sculpin and Whitefish and larger varieties including yellowtail and barracuda.