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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday

And the blues seem to be right on cue

We officially switch to Blue Whale Watch starting Friday, June 11, 2010. It looks like the blues will be showing up right in time. In the last couple of weeks the blues have started to pop up. I saw my first blue whale last week and man was she a beauty!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Killer Whales Finally Make Their Debut for the Year! | Kera  buttonLink

Killer Whales Finally Make Their Debut for the Year!

They were spotted twice in less than two weeks

Killer whales, also known as orcas, pop up here in Long Beach every so often. Normally they’re here a couple times a year, usually in winter. This year I was a little sad that we hadn’t seen any during gray whale season, but it looks like some of the pods made their way down here. We’ve seen orcas two times in the last month!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

There’s More Than Just Blue Whales Around the Corner | Kera  buttonLink

There’s More Than Just Blue Whales Around the Corner

And we can see them now!

Besides blue whale season being right around the corner, there’s also another treat in store for us that goes right along with the whales. That treat is the offshore bottlenose dolphins. Although we see dolphins all year long, we tend to see more of the offshore bottlenose during our Dolphin and Sea Life cruises and as we head off shore to find the blues. Read on to find out what they do that is so special!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

As Gray Whale Season Ends, Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Begins | Kera  buttonLink

As Gray Whale Season Ends, Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Begins

But that doesn't mean we won't see whales

As the gray whale season winds down, we’ll be making the switch over to Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise starting May 1. Just because we’re not officially doing a “whale watch” doesn’t mean we won’t see any whales. I’ve seen some of the most amazing whales during the Dolphin and Sea Life cruises! Read on to find out what might be in store.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blue Whale Scouting is in Session | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Scouting is in Session

Just last week we had our very first blue whale sighting for the season! It was almost a year ago exactly that we saw our first blue last year. Typically the blue whales don’t really get here until the summer time. So what is this one blue doing here? Read on to find out what we think.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Dolphin’s Squeak is Like a Baby’s First Words! | Kera  buttonLink

A Dolphin’s Squeak is Like a Baby’s First Words!

Dolphins are a very vocal species that can be found off of the coast of Long Beach on a regular basis. There are a variety of species that inhabit these waters pretty much all year long. Just recently, the Aquarium of the Pacific was lucky enough to partner with some researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego to help us get even closer to the dolphins than before. Read on to find out how!

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Rare Sightings of a Brown Booby Bird While Whale Watching! | Kera  buttonLink

Rare Sightings of a Brown Booby Bird While Whale Watching!

And possibly sperm whales

California has some of the rarest bathymetry of anywhere else in the world. Bathymetry is just basically what the ground looks like underwater. When you mix unique bathymetry, a crazy el Niño year, and lots of whale watching, there are going to be some very unique sightings. Read on to find out what we’ve been seeing!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Brown Pelicans Are Off the Endangered Species List | Kera  buttonLink

Brown Pelicans Are Off the Endangered Species List

But they're still not in the clear!

When we go out on our daily cruises, we see a large variety of birds. A good chunk of the birds are brown pelicans. They are such an incredible animal to watch hunt as they’re the bird that does a nosedive right into the water at crazy speeds. They were on the endangered species list until just recently, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear just yet.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Which of the Grays are Here to Play? | Kera  buttonLink

Which of the Grays are Here to Play?

An update and expansion from the last blog.

Now that we’re into February that also means that we’re well into gray whale season. We’re seeing quite a few southbound whales, including cow-calf pairs still. If the pregnant females are going down there to have babies, who are all the other whales going down there? Read on to find out about the different groups of gray whales heading south!

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Grays Are Officially Here! | Kera  buttonLink

The Grays Are Officially Here!

In addition to the fins and a humpback

We have officially spotted our first gray whales for the season! They seem to be right on schedule, and hopefully they’ll keep on coming. There have also been a good number of fin whales, and even a humpback.

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