Thursday, June 08, 2017
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.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
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.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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.
Monday, March 28, 2016
What is a basking shark? It’s basically ones of the coolest kinds of sharks and we never really get to see them! We had one a few years ago appear during a whale watch, but this Easter, we got a another sharky surprise! Not only was the shark seen on one whale watch trip during Easter Sunday, but, two trips that day!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a decent number of cow/calf pairs of blue whales. Just recently I got word that a calf was seen nursing! Now even though I haven’t witnessed this with blue whales myself, I did recently get to see beluga whales nursing!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The gray whales are pretty much done passing through, and the next true season for whales is in the summer from around June to September when the blues are here. So for now, we go in search of some VERY acrobatic animals…the dolphins! And there’s more than one type of dolphin that likes to put on a show!