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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Summer has Begun! | Julien  buttonLink

The Summer has Begun!

We have officially started blue whale season as of the 22nd of June and we have been seeing some amazing things in the meantime.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Feeding Frenzies Cont. | Julien  buttonLink

Feeding Frenzies Cont.

Hello whale lovers! We have had some fantastic voyages in the last two weeks filled with MORE exciting feeding frenzies and very happy whale watch guests!

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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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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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The Great Barrier Reef

“That is a lot of jellyfish,” I say nervously. I’m standing barefoot on the dive platform of a ship, a pair of long, blue flippers in my hand. The surface of the ocean before me appears full of purple jellyfish, each about the size of a tennis ball.

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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 20, 2015

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale? | Karen  buttonLink

How in the World Do You Sample a Whale?

It’s early morning onboard the small research boat Coda, and we already are a few miles offshore. Coda is a “RHIB,” a rigid-hulled inflatable boat. It looks like any other RHIB, with the addition of a giant metal Pinocchio nose- Coda’s professionally MacGyvered bowsprit (which is the bit sticking off the front of a boat) is an elevated, caged platform. This modified bowsprit design is used the world over in small-boat field research; it generally keeps researchers from falling overboard while sampling whales.

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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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