Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate its annual “Whale of a Weekend” with whale-related activities from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, February 13th and 14th at the aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica.

Whale of a Weekend highlights the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, which completes one of the longest migrations of any species, traveling 10,000 to 14,000 miles round trip between the arctic seas and the warm lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. This migration has taken the whales past the pier, sometimes within viewing distance from the west end observation deck, aquarium staff note.

During the weekend event, the aquarium will provide a wildlife observation station at the west end of the pier, stocked with binoculars and field guides, to give visitors the opportunity to search for whales and other local wildlife.—American Cetacean Society/Whale Watch representatives staffing the observation station will address questions about these “gentle giants.”

Inside the aquarium, guests can make a variety of whale-related arts and crafts, some with a Valentine’s Day theme. Both days will feature a variety of activities such as story time, face painting, film screenings and a 2:30 p.m. staff presentation on changing ocean temperatures and how they affect whales, presented in a game-show style.

The aquarium’s weekly presentation and feeding at the shark tank will also take place at 3:30 p.m. February 14th.

Whale of a Weekend admission is free for children 12 and under. For all others, admission is $2, with a suggested donation of $5.

Information, www.healthebay.org/smpa/.

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