Thursday, October 13, 2016
Mostly we see orcas during the winter and spring, but every once in a while they show up at random times of the year. There have been a number of instances where the captains on the Harbor Breeze cruises hear from others that they have spotted orcas, but it’s just too far for us to try and get to that area.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Hello everyone! It’s been a great time out in our local waters this month so far. The ocean breeze is amazing when you want to get away from the inland heat. Our sightings for the past couple weeks have been pretty varied, we’ve seen a few blue whales, followed the same two humpbacks for days, and are welcoming our new set of whale ID interns.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
The return of the pacific white-sided dolphin appears to have begun! The white sided dolphins we see follow temperature trends during their migration, either near shore to off shore, or north – south patterns.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
On one of our recent whale watches our staff were able to observe a curious behavior from a blue whale spotted near the boat. At first glance it would appear to look like potential bubble net behavior.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Hi, whale fans! As I write this, I am thinking about all the amazing blog posts and photos and stories I have written about these last few years. Alas, this will be my last blog post, since I am growing a human, and she will be arriving very soon! But, I wanted to go out with a bang! So, I am finally going to reveal what my personal research has been about in my master’s program in Informal Science Education at Cal State Long Beach: balloons! More on this, and breaching baby blue whales and current sighting updates!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Our whale watches in the last couple of weeks have been PACKED with animal sightings and surprises! Every whale watch experience is unique, and every trip has it’s own exciting moments. But recently, we have had many exciting moments because of the amount of life that has been in the water.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
What is a Bryde’s whale? Well, they are a very rare sight to see in our waters and have only been sighted a handful of times. On top of the amazing days we have had on the water with multiple blues, fins, and humpbacks, this was an exciting adventure for whale nerds alike!
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Hello whale lovers! Yes, that is right! The blue whales are here and thrilling guests before the season even officially starts! We have been seeing quite a few blues AND fins out there feeding on HUGE patches of krill.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I love the scientific name of these whales; Pseudorca, because it sounds like they are just phony killer whale or faux-orca. In fact, the only reason they are named ‘false’ killer whales is because their skulls resemble those of a killer whale and it has nothing to do with their actual physical likeness. Anyways, we were VERY fortunate to come across these gentle toothed whales during one of our whale watching tours last week and those on board had a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them in the wild.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
You would think that we would be seeing a whole bunch of northbound gray whales at this point heading back to Alaska after their Winter vacation in Baja, but, our local fin whales have been out and about and feeding! Multiple fins a day are being sighted and thrilling guests by their massive size and their feeding behaviors.