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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Humpbacks for Days! | Julien  buttonLink

Humpbacks for Days!

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!

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Thursday, September 03, 2015

It’s the End of Summer, but Not the End of the Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

It’s the End of Summer, but Not the End of the Whales!

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!

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sea Turtles and Breaching Whales! | Julien  buttonLink

Sea Turtles and Breaching Whales!

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!

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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

The Great Barrier Reef | Karen  buttonLink

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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