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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Furball Through The Years | Hugh  buttonLink

The Furball Through The Years

Watching a Sea Otter Grow Up

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch the Gidget the Sea Otter as she grew from a shy orphan pup to a good natured young adult. This week I’d like to share some images of the Furball through the years.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The February of Fins | Julien  buttonLink

The February of Fins

This February has been a fantastic month for whale sightings! Not only have we been seeing the transition between the south-bound and north-bound gray whale migration, but have been seeing fin whales almost daily! From the beginning of the month to Valentine’s, we have recorded 39 gray whale sightings and an even more impressive 55 fin whale sightings.

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Love is in the Air for Gray Whales Too! | Kera  buttonLink

Love is in the Air for Gray Whales Too!

When we get in to February, the first thing I think of is Valentine’s Day. It looks like the grays ways feel the same way because on February 1, 2013, we had some incredible mating behavior with gray whales right in front of our boat. Read on to find out what that encounter was like.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Adventures in Otter Space | Hugh  buttonLink

Adventures in Otter Space

Epilogue

As my adventures with Gidget the orphan Sea Otter draws to a close I’d like to share the full story of my relationship with her during her time in Long Beach.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Our First Few Weeks on the Water of 2013 | Kera  buttonLink

Our First Few Weeks on the Water of 2013

They started just like 2012…with orcas!

I would say 2012 was one of the best years on the water for me. Why? Because I FINALLY saw orca whales in our waters off of Long Beach with the first time being January 2, 2012 to be exact. A day I will never forget.

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Monday, January 07, 2013

Hiding From Killer Whales | Hugh  buttonLink

Hiding From Killer Whales

Grays Whale use Kelp Forest to hide from Orcas

On New Years Day 2013, four killer whales from the pod known as CA-51 swam past Point Vicente where I was helping out the Gray Whale Census Project spot cetaceans. As I went down to the cliff side to get a better angle on the orcas my wife Pam yelled at me to look down. When I did I was surprised to see two gray whales apparently hiding out in the kelp below the cliff.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Gray Beginnings | Julien  buttonLink

The Gray Beginnings

It’s official: Gray whale season has started and we are well into having consistent sightings! Our first sighting this season was on November 28, and since then our trips have been full of activity. The gray whales spend half of the year feeding in the nutrient-rich waters off of Alaska in the Bering Sea in order to intake a large amount of calories to make their incredible migration south.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays From The Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

Happy Holidays From The Otters

As a holiday treat for our otter fans I’d like to share a video of the sea otters enjoying their snowman and treats during this month’s Holiday Treats for the Animals festivities.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Snowman for the Otters | Hugh  buttonLink

A Snowman for the Otters

An Annual Tradition Continued

During the annual Holiday Treats for the Animals festival it has become a tradition for me to build the first snowman of the season for the sea otters in their exhibit. I will be sharing some images and annecdotes on this year’s creation.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

From Blues to Grays to Blues and Fins! | Julien  buttonLink

From Blues to Grays to Blues and Fins!

That’s right! The blue whales have been sighted on several trips between the middle of November to the present! Our spontaneous and unpredictable blue whale season has made for a very interesting, and awe filled November! Lunge feeding blues, fins and mike whales have filled our waters on recent trips.

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