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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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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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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Return of the Fluking Fin whale! | James S.  buttonLink

Return of the Fluking Fin whale!

Back in 2009 Kera first talked about the fluking fin whale spotted in California that has been nicknamed “Flukey.” We just saw her in the area a week ago, and just like she used to Flukey will fluke every time she goes for a dive.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southbound Grays Galore! | James S.  buttonLink

Southbound Grays Galore!

There have been a lot of great sightings of plenty of species, but it has especially been good for gray whale sightings. We even had the opportunity to see the rare Eastern Tropical Pacific pod of orca!

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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us! | James S.  buttonLink

Gray Whale Season Is Upon Us!

Happy New Year whale friends! I hope everyone’s holidays were enjoyable. It certainly was a lot of fun on the water the last couple of weeks. Since I wrote the last blog we’ve seen orca, grays, fins, humpbacks, and lots of dolphins!

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

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Magnificent Fin Whale Feeding

While there is so much to enjoy about these magnificent creatures in our local waters, we have recently had the chance to witness lunge feeding from our fin whales. Lunge feeding behavior involves the whales feeding at the very surface of the water, gliding on their side with their jaw peeking out. Some researchers have hypothesized the coloration on fin whale jaws coincides with their ability to scare prey into more compact ‘bait balls’.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Our First Gray Whale of the Year! And other surprises too! | James S.  buttonLink

Our First Gray Whale of the Year! And other surprises too!

Hello everyone, I hope your holiday was enjoyable. It certainly was exciting on the water during Thanksgiving. We saw our first gray whale of the season on the 23rd and saw a very late blue whale on Thanksgiving Day! There has been a lot of diversity on our whale watches these past couple of weeks. There have been Risso’s, bottlenose, common dolphins, pacific white-sided dolphins, humpbacks, grays, 2 late blue whale sightings, fin whales, seals, and sea lions. Whew! That’s a lot of stuff.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke! | James S.  buttonLink

Scarlett and a Breaching Minke!

Even though the air is getting cooler on the water, we’re still seeing plenty of life on our whale watches right now. There have been a number of humpback sightings (4 in one trip!) and we even got to see Scarlett again. If you have been keeping track of our blogs, Scarlett was seen a couple of months ago with a lot of red lice on their body.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins! | James S.  buttonLink

Say Hello to the Risso’s Dolphins!

Not only was this past weekend great for our sighting numbers, but we observed more playful behavior from the Risso’s dolphins than normal. One of our interns was able to capture an image of one playing and splashing while swimming on its back at the surface! I’ve only ever seen the very reserved and shy behavior typically found of our local Risso’s dolphins.

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