Thursday, January 24, 2013
They started just like 2012…with orcas!
I would say 2012 was one of the best years on the water for me. Why? Because I FINALLY saw orca whales in our waters off of Long Beach with the first time being January 2, 2012 to be exact. A day I will never forget.
Monday, January 07, 2013
Grays Whale use Kelp Forest to hide from Orcas
On New Years Day 2013, four killer whales from the pod known as CA-51 swam past Point Vicente where I was helping out the Gray Whale Census Project spot cetaceans. As I went down to the cliff side to get a better angle on the orcas my wife Pam yelled at me to look down. When I did I was surprised to see two gray whales apparently hiding out in the kelp below the cliff.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
It’s official: Gray whale season has started and we are well into having consistent sightings! Our first sighting this season was on November 28, and since then our trips have been full of activity. The gray whales spend half of the year feeding in the nutrient-rich waters off of Alaska in the Bering Sea in order to intake a large amount of calories to make their incredible migration south.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
As a holiday treat for our otter fans I’d like to share a video of the sea otters enjoying their snowman and treats during this month’s Holiday Treats for the Animals festivities.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
An Annual Tradition Continued
During the annual Holiday Treats for the Animals festival it has become a tradition for me to build the first snowman of the season for the sea otters in their exhibit. I will be sharing some images and annecdotes on this year’s creation.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
That’s right! The blue whales have been sighted on several trips between the middle of November to the present! Our spontaneous and unpredictable blue whale season has made for a very interesting, and awe filled November! Lunge feeding blues, fins and mike whales have filled our waters on recent trips.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Soap Opera in June Keyes
Throughout the spring it was a wonderful duet. The elder penguin from San Diego would call out to his mate and the young female from Brazil would answer in kind. Then a young male from San Francisco entered the picture…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Well, our blue whale watch has slowly come to an end and gray whale season is officially starting on Friday November 16! The trips will leave daily at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Top 10 Reasons
Gidget is my favorite sea otter. When I miss my Aquarium volunteer shift due to being out of town on business trips I tend to go through otter withdrawal symptoms from not being around this adorable ball of fur. Why do I have such affection for this member of the Enhydra lutris species? Here are the top ten reasons why I love the Furball.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
An Interview with Ben Miller
Aquarium member Ben Miller is the mission control team chief at JPL for the Mars Exploration Rover also known as Opportunity, which landed on Mars in January 2004. He lives on Mars time, teaches math at Cal Poly Pomona part time, and has been an Aquarium member for three years.