Thursday, March 05, 2015
Like I have been mentioning in the last few blogs, we are counting more southbound whales than ever which raises the question; why? Are there actually greater numbers heading south or are we just seeing greater numbers off the coast during the annual gray whale census?
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Preparing the Sea Otter's Daily Diet
A sea otter’s daily diet being prepared like a fine sea food restaurant chef would.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
MORE sightings of killer whales and a plethora of gray whales!
We have had a very busy and exciting week in our local world of whales. Shortly after the last blog was posted we had other sightings of killer whales! This time is was neither the CA51 pod nor the ETP pod. Read on the see who they were identified as and more record breaking gray whale census numbers!
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, February 05, 2015
Gray whale numbers breaking more records!
Hello whale lovers! As you have probably heard, our gray whale season has been pretty fabulous with more and more record breaking numbers. Read on to learn more!
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.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
The return of the CA51 Killer whale pod, gray whales, humpbacks, fins and more!
Thursday, January 01, 2015
An Aquarium of the Pacific Volunteer's 2014 Photo Album
As we head into the New Year I thought we’d take a look back in pictures; this is a husbandry volunteer’s 2014 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
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…