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.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Hello whale enthusiasts! I am back from a short break from my vacation and ready to catch you, and myself, up with everything going on with the whales! What did we miss? A LOT OF HUMPBACKS!
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Even though the Summer is now winding down, according to all the amazing sightings on our recent whale watches and the breathtaking photos taken, there still an abundance of life! This week, we will be not only showcasing the unmatched photography skills of Harbor Breeze’s very own, Erik Combs, but we are going to get to know him a little better!
Thursday, July 09, 2015
This month has been super exciting so far with about 18 sightings of blue whales and sightings of breaching baleen whales like minkes, humpbacks, and even fin whales! The seas have continued to be full of life and we have been seeing some interesting animals like big red patches of krill at the surface, huge mola mola’s, and sea turtles!
Thursday, June 25, 2015
We have officially started blue whale season as of the 22nd of June and we have been seeing some amazing things in the meantime.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
“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.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
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!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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.