Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
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!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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!
Thursday, September 04, 2014
But What About the Dolphins?
The end of August has been pretty amazing with blue whale sightings every day! Along with the blue whales giving us great shows out there, minke whales and more humpbacks have been sighted too. These are baleen whales that have made themselves the stars of the shows, but what about the pre-show entertainment?
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hello whale fans! I am back and am so excited to report all the cetacean activity we have been having this summer! If you have had a chance to go out on the water then you may have an idea of how thrilling our trips have been. If you have not, you should take a few hours to see some amazing marine life with us! Blues, fins, minkes, humpbacks, dolphins, mola molas and even a thresher shark! Read on to learn more.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Hello Aquarium blog readers! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I have to say, Julien has been doing a fabulous job of writing whale blogs in the meantime! I wanted to jump in and write a blog this week because I recently got confirmation that a mystery whale I spotted a few YEARS ago was a…of course you have to read on to find out!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Story of the Bryde’s Whales and the First Blue of the Season!
This is a whale we have never blogged about and it is an honor to do so! The name of these whales remind me that it is wedding season; Bryde’s, but don’t let the name confuse you. It is pronounced Brū-de or Brū-des whale. The reason I am mentioning them is because we just had two sightings, something super rare and I have never seen in the four years I have been here! ALSO, THE FIRST BLUE!
Friday, May 30, 2014
We have officially said goodbye to the grays as we transition into blue whale season, though we are still seeing a few cow/calf pairs heading north. Read on to see the final numbers and read about our humpback whale surprise!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Gray whale season is winding down but we had a pretty exciting April with around 36 cow/calf pairs of grays heading back up north so the females can eat again and wean their calves. Read on to see news on humpbacks, killer whales, dolphins, and a rare bird!
Friday, April 11, 2014
We have had some exciting trips out on the water with the small spring storms and more of the northbound gray whale migration! We have still been seeing many juveniles heading north, which makes sense since many of the whales without calves are the first to pass our coast.