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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Minke Whales and More! | James S.  

Minke Whales and More!

We’ve had a great couple weeks of sightings and even had some great minke whale sightings. Normally we call them “stinky minkes” because of their elusive behavior. But these past few sightings have shown our guests how beautiful they can be.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Whales Are Still Here! | James S.  

Whales Are Still Here!

We’ve had a fun couple of weeks for September, we’ve seen lots of dolphins, some whales, another blue whale, and the rare brown booby bird! Yes their name is kind of goofy, but these are a beautiful group of birds.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

There Are Still Blues Around | James S.  

There Are Still Blues Around

We finally found another blue whale! Our photo ID staff and Harbor Breeze took some really nice photos of this whale. There have also been lots of common dolphins, ocean sunfish, a sneaky minke, and we have witnessed a few feeding frenzies.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Humpbacks and Hammerheads | James S.  

Humpbacks and Hammerheads

Hello whale watch friends! It’s been a little quiet for blue whales, but we’ve seen some amazing stuff on the water. Chief the humpback whale has been in town for the past few days, we spotted Bryde’s whales, minke whales, tons of birds feeding, thousands of dolphins, and even a scalloped hammerhead shark!

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Humpbacks & Dolphins In The Area | James S.  

Humpbacks & Dolphins In The Area

It’s been a little quieter out on the water than we would have expected, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen any cetaceans. There have been some sightings of humpbacks and lots of dolphins hanging around the area. Even a rare sighting of a sei whale!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Humpback Whale Fun In The Sun | James S.  

Humpback Whale Fun In The Sun

Hello everyone! It’s been a lovely couple of weeks on the water. There have been sightings of our seasonal blue whales, the fin whales, a lot of sightings of humpback whales, and 2 sightings of the Risso’s dolphins. I hope you’ve been out on the water with us, but if not you can catch up with the blog today.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Blue Whale Season Is Upon Us! | James S.  

Blue Whale Season Is Upon Us!

Hello everyone! It’s been a great couple of weeks on the water, and I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day. There have been a lot of sightings of fin and blue whales. The blue whale season is in full swing, our whale watch times have shifted to 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day. July and August are the months where we have the highest numbers of sightings historically.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us! | James S.  

Blue Whale Season Is Almost Upon Us!

Blue whale season is almost in full swing. They come to Southern California in the summer to feed. There are numerous areas along the west coast of the U.S. and Canada that are summer feeding grounds for this species.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Orca Visit | James S.  

Another Orca Visit

There has been a great amount of variety on the water recently, we even had a visit by the friendly CA51 pod of orca! These are a transient subtype of orca that predominantly feed on mammals. It was a rare treat to see this family again, and they are very boat friendly as you can see from the pictures.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Early blue whales in California! | James S.  

Early blue whales in California!

Our new interns have all started and are doing an amazing job. We’ve had great sightings of dolphins, humpbacks, blue whales, fin whales, and even caught sight of a minke and an elephant seal! It’s been a while since our naturalists have been able to mention minke whales on the boats and years since the last time we could catalog an elephant seal sighting.

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