Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to over 10,000 animals, giving you a glimpse of several different regions in the ocean: the temperate waters of our ocean-backyard, the chilly North Pacific coast, and the warm, colorful tropical ocean. The ocean is a big, complex place; there is an entire universe of science and discovery out there. I’m going to be blogging about the research that scientists are doing to help us understand more about ocean and earth systems. How do we know what we know about Earth? What are scientists doing to study the ocean? Join me as we meet these scientists and workers and learn more about ocean exploration and research. For our first expedition together: we’re going to follow a cruise!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I love the scientific name of these whales; Pseudorca, because it sounds like they are just phony killer whale or faux-orca. In fact, the only reason they are named ‘false’ killer whales is because their skulls resemble those of a killer whale and it has nothing to do with their actual physical likeness. Anyways, we were VERY fortunate to come across these gentle toothed whales during one of our whale watching tours last week and those on board had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them in the wild.
Monday, March 28, 2016
What is a basking shark? It’s basically ones of the coolest kinds of sharks and we never really get to see them! We had one a few years ago appear during a whale watch, but this Easter, we got a another sharky surprise! Not only was the shark seen on one whale watch trip during Easter Sunday, but, two trips that day!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
With the presence of so many gray whales this time of year, we are bound to witness some interesting behaviors. As mentioned in the last several blogs, we have been seeing some breaching and rolling behavior which is often time interpreted as courting or playful behavior. In the last couple of weeks, with the influx of so many small groups of whales, playful whales have been spotted frequently.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
That’s right, there have been over one thousand gray whales passing by Point Vicente either going north or south this migratory season! There have been about 1,292 total gray whales sighted! Check out this week’s blog and photos.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The grays are still going strong! A bunch of southbound grays have been seen daily, and sometimes, they are not travelling alone. Many of the grays we have been seeing lately are in small groups, which make the sightings quite exciting
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday season. We have already started 2016 out strong with lots and lots of whales. The gray whale migration is going strong and at the moment, we have had 338 whales that have been counted travelling south to Mexico past Palos Verdes where the census takes place. Out of these whales, three of them have been counted at calves. I was so fortunate to go out on the 9 AM whale watch tour this past Sunday and there was so much life out there!
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Happy Holidays everyone! Last blog, we talked about the first few gray whales of the season, and since then, we have been seeing grays almost daily! According to the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project, there have been 82 southbound gray whales since season started on December 1st.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
On Thursday November 19, we were graced with the presence of the infamous CA51 Bigg’s killer whale pod. The whale watch that day was a little unusual since the first trip out that day had a very quiet ocean with not much wildlife present, while the second trip came upon four very tall, black dorsal fins of the ‘black and whites’. Also in strange animal news, a giant oarfish found on the shore in Palos Verdes!
Friday, November 13, 2015
This is the phrase that has been circulating around the office, and around other whale watch organizations around Southern California. El Niño is definitely doing what it has set out to do; raise the water temperatures off of our coast. Our local waters have been in the 70’s, and with it, comes a whole new slew of animal life who are following their prey, and that prey following their prey, and so on down the food web.