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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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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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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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More about the Orca

We call these orcas Bigg’s or transient orcas. Bigg’s specialize only in eating marine mammals and don’t eat fish at all. The Bigg’s that we see here mostly hang out in Northern California, like Monterey Bay. That means that when we see them down here, they are looking for food.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Special surprise orca visit, and more! | James S.  buttonLink

Special surprise orca visit, and more!

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.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Humpback Whales and new Interns | James S.  buttonLink

Humpback Whales and new Interns

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.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

So many dolphins! | James S.  buttonLink

So many dolphins!

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.

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