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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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

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

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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.  buttonLink

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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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gray whale season is almost over | James S.  buttonLink

Gray whale season is almost over

Our sightings of gray whales have definitely been reduced over the last couple of weeks, only a few instances where we were able to see probably the last few cow/calf pairs heading north for their summer feeding. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go whale watching! We’ve seen lots of dolphins recently, even saw some Risso’s dolphins again.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Humpbacks in the area! | James S.  buttonLink

Humpbacks in the area!

Historically during our normal water conditions, and even during some La Nina conditions, we have seen humpback whales show up late spring through early/mid fall. We had amazing sightings and numbers of humpbacks during our last El Nino, hopefully the numbers stay pretty high this year too. We recently spotted a couple of humpbacks in the last week, hanging out together between Abalone Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Point Fermin.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lots of gray whales, and an early blue whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Lots of gray whales, and  an early blue whale!

It’s not uncommon to see an early blue whale in April or early May and it makes for a great surprise during whale watches. We’re also seeing lots of gray whales moving north with their calves. April is definitely the time for cow-calf pairs.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Very Rare Sighting of False Killer Whales! | James S.  buttonLink

Very Rare Sighting of False Killer Whales!

False killer whales (pseudorca) are a rare treat for us to observe on the boats, it has almost been a full calendar year since the last time we had a sighting. Unlike their cousins the orca, pseudorca are not well researched.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Love is in the air | James S.  buttonLink

Love is in the air

Not only have we seen lots of courting and potential mating behavior from our cetaceans, but a few more great sightings of the pacific white-sided dolphins. Our interns have captured photos of fin whales, gray whales, and common dolphins exhibiting courting and mating behaviors.

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Surprise humpback whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Surprise humpback whale!

In the last 3-5 years we have documented humpback whales during every season of the year. It’s been a little while since we last saw one on our whale watches, and we were pleasantly surprised with how active the whales were during a couple of boat trips.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gray and Fin Whale Bonanza | James S.  buttonLink

Gray and Fin Whale Bonanza

The water has definitely been exciting in the last few days, we even had another visit by the offshore orca. On Sunday the 12th the 3pm whale watch got a chance to see part of this pod again, though this time they were chasing and possibly hunting a fin whale. Not only is it very difficult for orca to hunt full size fin or blue whales, but the offshore orca typically feed on sharks or rays.

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