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Friday, March 25, 2011

Looks like the Cow/Calf Pairs Are Late for Dinner! | Kera  buttonLink

Looks like the Cow/Calf Pairs Are Late for Dinner!

Normally by this time in the season we’re seeing a good amount of cow/calf pairs of gray whales passing by us in Long Beach. This year it seems like they’re a little behind, but the singles and juveniles are still giving us a good show!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gray Whales, Blue Whales, and Even Sperm Whales! | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whales, Blue Whales, and Even Sperm Whales!

All within 2 weeks!

What an exciting week this has been! Last week the first blue whale of the season was spotted, we’ve had numerous sightings of gray whales, and then yesterday we saw 14 sperm whales hanging out at the surface! I don’t think there could be a better week of whale watching!

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Once in a Lifetime Sighting on the Boat! | Kera  buttonLink

A Once in a Lifetime Sighting on the Boat!

On Saturday January 29, our 3:00 p.m. whale watch boats got quite the sight! While coming up on a gray whale, they noticed very unusual gray whale behavior. The gray whale they had spotted was swimming in circles under the water. They couldn’t see exactly what the whale was doing, but they knew it wasn’t a “normal” gray whale swimming pattern. Read on to find out what they saw next!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot! | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot!

And there’s more than just gray whales catching our attention

Gray whale sightings are more than four times higher at this time from last year! We’ve been seeing quite a few passing by and we’re also seeing some other unique animals to the area. Read on to find out what!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

The Season’s Off to a Great Start! | Kera  buttonLink

The Season’s Off to a Great Start!

It looks like the gray whale season is off to a great start! It wasn’t but only two days after the last blog I posted that we spotted our first gray whales of the season.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The American Cetacean Society Brings us Good News! | Kera  buttonLink

The American Cetacean Society Brings us Good News!

The American Cetacean Society does an annual census of southbound and northbound gray whales off of Point Vicente and it’s official… the first gray whale has been spotted! According to the census, the whale was breaching as well. Hopefully that’s some kind of foreshadowing of what this year will look like.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

An Early Showing for the Gray Whales This Season? | Kera  buttonLink

An Early Showing for the Gray Whales This Season?

On November 20, 2010 we switched from our Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises to Gray Whale Watch. Although the major flux isn’t until usually until later in the season, the pregnant females are the first to head south and we could start seeing them at any time.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Playful Minke Joins the Pod | Kera  buttonLink

A Playful Minke Joins the Pod

A few weeks back we switched from Blue Whale Cruises to Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises and full of dolphins it has been! This is a time where we’re waiting for the gray whales to get here after the blues have left for the season. Although gray whales are still a few weeks out, there is still lots to see out there, including playful minke whales.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Summer’s Worth of Blue Whale Data | Kera  buttonLink

A Summer’s Worth of Blue Whale Data

As the blue whale season is starting to wind down, our work with the blue whales at the Aquarium isn’t over yet! If you happened to get on a whale watch over the summer, you might have noticed an additional Aquarium person on board. That was one of our photo ID interns. Over the past four months we’ve had eight different interns on board collecting data during all of our whale watching trips. Read on to find out what we’ve been doing!

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Thursday, October 07, 2010

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST | Hugh  buttonLink

HUGH’S LIFE LIST OF THE WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST

With the excitement of Blue Whales in our local waters I thought it would be nice to give folks an idea of what other cetacean that can potentially be seen in Southern California. This week I am sharing my life list of whales and dolphins that I have encountered from San Diego to the Channel Islands.

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