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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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Fin Whale Steals the Spotlight! | Kera  buttonLink

A Fin Whale Steals the Spotlight!

If you’ve been on a whale watch recently, you might have noticed that there are girls in Aquarium uniforms that are taking a lot of pictures. These are photo ID interns that are helping me with data collection so we can help our friends at Cascadia Research Collective to help protect whales. Luckily, they take a lot of photos, and this last Monday they caught some AMAZING pictures of a fin whale feeding!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Weekend Whale Picnic | Kera  buttonLink

A Weekend Whale Picnic

Krill is on the menu

Large groups of blue whales have been moving all around Southern California the last few weeks. At one point we had over 20 whales around the oil rigs. Although the group has moved around and spread out a little bit, there are still a ton of blue whales in the area. Just this past weekend we had a phenomenal day on the water where we got to see a great show of lunge feeding at the surface!

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Friday, September 03, 2010

The Blues are Breaking the Record! | Kera  buttonLink

The Blues are Breaking the Record!

The last three weeks of whale watching have been some of the most intense I’ve ever seen here in Long Beach! We’re averaging about 15 whales a trip with a mixture of mostly blue whales and fin whales. In the three summers we’ve been doing this, it’s never been like this!

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