Friday, July 27, 2012
This year has had a little bit of a slow start with the blue whales. Normally June is when they start to trickle in and by mid-July our sightings have increased. This year has been a little different. The blue whales moved around California before stopping off here in Long Beach, but now they’re here! And not just a couple! Read on to find out what our last week has been like.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Come learn about a local endangered species.
On August 8th my wife Pam and I will be part of a panel discussion at the Aquarium of the Pacific on a population of an endangered species that has chosen an improbable environmental niche in which to survive, the Green Sea Turtles of the San Gabriel River. Dan Lawson of NOAA, Pam and the Aquarium vet Lance Adams will talk about the recent research on these animals and the rehabilitation and tracking of stranded turtles. Many of my sea turtle images from the river will be used in the talks.
Friday, July 13, 2012
With New Whale Watch Experiences!
Hello everybody! My name is Julien Christopher and I have been an educator at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a little over two years now. I am very excited to be contributing to the whale watch blogs! Read on to find out about some of my adventures!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
On June 15 we officially ended gray whale season and switched over to blue whale watching. That means longer trips and slightly different trip times. The switch to a longer trip has already started paying off as we’ve had a handful of blue whale sightings already!
Friday, June 01, 2012
And we’re just waiting on the blues to arrive too!
Three times a year I go through many applications trying to figure out how I’m going to decide which interns to bring on for out Photo ID internship. It’s no easy task and I can tell you there are MANY college students and graduates that truly care about the Earth. As I have to do each time, I’ve narrowed it down to four interns that have just joined the Aquarium team to help protect blue whales. Read on to meet the new interns and find out what their summer will look like!
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Springtime is always an interesting time on the whale watching boats. It can be some of the most active months. For example, it’s getting to the end of gray whale season, this is a time when some humpbacks move through the area, and some of the first blue whales typically show up. Read on to find out how much of this we’ve seen so far!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Although we’re getting later into the season for gray whale watching, it looks like there’s going to be quite a bit more to see! Read on to find out what we’re hoping to see in the upcoming weeks!
Thursday, March 08, 2012
And that't not the only exciting news
Since I’ve been out on the water and working with the Aquarium of the Pacific, one thing that I’ve noticed about blue whales is that the first time we seem them is right around the end of winter/early spring. This year it seems they’re right on time!
Thursday, February 09, 2012
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a blog, but it’s not because there was a lack of stuff going on! I just happened to be on vacation. Now that I’m back I can’t wait to share all the news from the last few weeks. Read on to hear about a Western Pacific gray whale that decided to join our gray whales, as well as even more orcas!
Friday, January 13, 2012
This has truly been an amazing whale watch season, and there are still so many months to go! Our interns for the spring arrived this week and on Tuesday we went out on the boats for a training. When I was walking down to the boat, Captain Chris asked me if I had my camera (which of course I always do), and he said “Good! It’s your lucky day!” Read on to find out what made this day extra special!