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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Unexpected Visitors and More! | Julien  buttonLink

Unexpected Visitors and More!

There has been a lot of commotion in the local world of whales since the sighting of the false killer whales! Read on to learn more!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grays Galore! | Julien  buttonLink

Grays Galore!

In the last blog I wrote about the killer whale pod, the CA51’s, being back again on the 6th of January, and guess what? They were back the following day on the 7th! So we had TWO days in a row with these whales and were very, very spoiled naturalists. Also, lots and lots of gray whale sightings!

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Listening to Whales: Hydrophones, Headphones, and Singers in the Sea | Karen  buttonLink

Listening to Whales: Hydrophones, Headphones, and Singers in the Sea

Whales live in a world full of sound. The ocean was a noisy place even before humans started making a ruckus underwater with boat engines, blasting, construction, drilling, and seismic air gun noise; surf smashes against the beach, underwater volcanoes erupt, wind kicks up foamy white-capped waves, fish grunt, shrimp snap, dolphins click and whistle, and the list goes on. In the midst of all this racket, male humpback whales are trying to stage a romantic serenade.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Update: Killer Whales and Grays! | Julien  buttonLink

Update: Killer Whales and Grays!

More Killer Whales

Hello whale lovers! Since we are in the midst of the Holiday Season I wanted to give you all a short and sweet update about our recent killer whale and gray whale sightings! Read on to check it out…

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A Whale in the Crosshairs

What the Heck is a Theodolite Anyway?

Morning for the Emu Mountain survey team begins at 6:20 am. We gather outside in front of the daily schedule white boards, shaking off sleep and slathering on sunscreen. It’s already warm, and will be both hot and windy atop Emu Mountain. Splitting into groups we collect our gear – backpacks full of high-powered binoculars, laptops and batteries, clipboards with data sheets, and big red hard-sided cases holding the theodolites.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Killer Holiday Season | Julien  buttonLink

A Killer Holiday Season

There has certainly been quite a buzz around the area about our recent killer whale sightings! As mentioned briefly in the last blog, we did have a sighting last month on November 25th of about seven of the ETP (Eastern Tropical Pacific) killer whales. These are whales that are super rare for our waters from the Mexico and Central America area. After this sighting, which included a lot of great activity, they traveled further north. But that is not where the excitement ended!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014 | Karen  buttonLink

Welcome to Peregian Beach – Gearing Up for BRAHSS 2014

93 humans have also gathered in Peregian Beach, preparing for a huge coordinated season of research studying humpback whales in a project called BRAHSS (Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback Whales to Seismic Surveys).

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Aquarium Explorer Abroad | Karen  buttonLink

An Aquarium Explorer Abroad

Kangaroo crossing signs dot the roadways, but it’s a myth that water drains the other way around. I’m in Queensland, Australia, on the northeastern coast of the continent. My name is Karen Backe, and I’m an educator with the Aquarium of the Pacific. I flew from Los Angeles to Sydney and traveled 15 hours north by land along the coast. Along the way, by bus and train, I met up with more and more whale researchers. We were easy to spot if you knew what to look for – hiking backpacks, whale tail necklaces, t-shirts that read things like “What genius decided to call them ‘killer whales’ instead of ‘sea pandas’?” and an air of excitement – we were all headed for Peregian Beach, and a project called BRAHSS.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Lunge-a-Palooza | Julien  buttonLink

Lunge-a-Palooza

Blues, fins and minkes lunge feeding at the surface!

This is what we have been waiting for! We have ended September with incredible trips with numerous blues and lots of action!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

It’s Your Turn to Build Enrichments for the Animals! | Dominique  buttonLink

It’s Your Turn to Build Enrichments for the Animals!

Visit the new Enrichment Exploration Station cart where you can learn more about enhancing animal well-being and see some of the current enrichment devices we use. You can even help build an enrichment that will be given to our animals!

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