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Friday, December 30, 2011

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A Record Breaking Gray Whale Season

And we've only just started!

The American Cetacean Society (ACS) is a non-profit organization that advocates for marine mammal conservation. ACS has been counting gray whales during their annual migration and tallying the number of animals spotted each day, month, and season for twenty eight years.  The 2011/2012 gray whale season has just started and we’re already breaking records!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Orcas Already?!

Our boats say YES!

We’ve just kicked off gray whale season and we’re already having some great sightings out there! I was shocked when we started seeing gray whales so early, but after this last weekend, we can officially say orcas are debuting for the season as well. Read on to find out more on the orcas spotted this last weekend.

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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Talk About a Perfect Whale Overlap! | Kera  buttonLink

Talk About a Perfect Whale Overlap!

From blue whale season to gray whale season

Around this time when we first move into gray whale season, it can be slow at time when we’re anxiously waiting for the first gray whales to pass by. So far this year we’ve had no slow times at all! Read on to find out what we’ve been seeing that’s kept this year’s whale watching off the charts!

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Friday, November 04, 2011

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Blue Whale Season Wrapping Up

The whales are giving one heck of a finale!

We’re now into the first week of November and we’re still seeing blue and fin whales, and even a few humpbacks that have been in the area. Although the sightings are starting to get a little spotty, they’re still giving us a great show. Just this week we had some incredible lunge feeding and breaching whales!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

When Being Late is Fine With Me! | Kera  buttonLink

When Being Late is Fine With Me!

This has been another exceptional year for blue whale watching. We’ve had hundreds of sightings, seen some incredible behaviors, and had very consistent sightings. Around this time the blue whales are normally leaving the area, and the sightings become a little spotty, but the sightings have never been better. It would seem they’re a little late in making their way to the winter grounds, but you won’t hear me complaining!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Video | Whale Watching

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Researchers from Cascadia Make a Special Visit to Our Boats! | Kera  buttonLink

Researchers from Cascadia Make a Special Visit to Our Boats!

Earlier this week the Aquarium had the unique opportunity to spend some time with Cascadia researchers as they went out on the Christopher (our main whale watching boat) to talk about some of the research they’re conducting right now. Read on to find out what we helped them do!

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Racing Blue Whales and Orcas! | Kera  buttonLink

Racing Blue Whales and Orcas!

All within one week!

All I can say about the last two weeks of whale watching is “WOW!”  We’ve seen everything from vocal blue whales to transient orcas harassing a sea lion. I’m not sure it can get much better than this! Read on to find out details of our latest sightings.

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

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A Repeat of Last Year?

I sure hope so!

In August and September of 2010, we had some of the best days of blue whale watching I’ve ever seen! Late last August the whale sightings started to increase quite a bit. At first it was 12 whales, then 15, and eventually we got up to over 20 whales! Although we’re a few weeks later into the season from last year, it looks like we’re up for a repeat of this massive gathering of whales!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

We Get to Play “Blue Whale Guess Who” This Summer | Kera  buttonLink

We Get to Play “Blue Whale Guess Who” This Summer

The summer interns have arrived! The next few weeks will be full of trainings so we can get them ready for this upcoming blue whale season. After spending some time with Cascadia researchers, we’ve amped up this year’s data collection and can’t wait to get out there and share the results. Read on to find out what we’re doing that’s going to yield some exciting news in the upcoming months!

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Are Starting with a Bang! | Kera  buttonLink

Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises Are Starting with a Bang!

As of May 1, gray whale season has officially ended, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot going on in the water. Read on to find out what fun, active, dolphins we’ve been watching.

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