Thursday, April 15, 2010
Just last week we had our very first blue whale sighting for the season! It was almost a year ago exactly that we saw our first blue last year. Typically the blue whales don’t really get here until the summer time. So what is this one blue doing here? Read on to find out what we think.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Dolphins are a very vocal species that can be found off of the coast of Long Beach on a regular basis. There are a variety of species that inhabit these waters pretty much all year long. Just recently, the Aquarium of the Pacific was lucky enough to partner with some researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego to help us get even closer to the dolphins than before. Read on to find out how!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
And possibly sperm whales
California has some of the rarest bathymetry of anywhere else in the world. Bathymetry is just basically what the ground looks like underwater. When you mix unique bathymetry, a crazy el Niño year, and lots of whale watching, there are going to be some very unique sightings. Read on to find out what we’ve been seeing!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
But they're still not in the clear!
When we go out on our daily cruises, we see a large variety of birds. A good chunk of the birds are brown pelicans. They are such an incredible animal to watch hunt as they’re the bird that does a nosedive right into the water at crazy speeds. They were on the endangered species list until just recently, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear just yet.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
An update and expansion from the last blog.
Now that we’re into February that also means that we’re well into gray whale season. We’re seeing quite a few southbound whales, including cow-calf pairs still. If the pregnant females are going down there to have babies, who are all the other whales going down there? Read on to find out about the different groups of gray whales heading south!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
In addition to the fins and a humpback
We have officially spotted our first gray whales for the season! They seem to be right on schedule, and hopefully they’ll keep on coming. There have also been a good number of fin whales, and even a humpback.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
That's more rare than pigs flying!
I thought for sure I’d seen something spectacular when I saw a fin whale fluke this last year since they are a whale that is very shy with their tale. But on December 17, 2009, they decided to show me something even more amazing… a breaching show!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We’re a bit into December now and at this time we’re waiting for the gray whales to start passing by as they head south for the winter. While we’re out looking for the first grays, besides looking at the seals, sea lions, a variety of dolphins and sea birds, we’re STILL seeing blue whales!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
A continuation of the last blog
My last blog was about how I’d seen the same fin whale fluke three times in the last year. What makes this exciting is that fin whales don’t fluke. If you happen to have read the last blog, you might have been wondering how I figured out that it was the same fin whale all three times. This week’s blog is about how I use the pictures I take to tell whales apart!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Fin whales are the second largest animal in the world, only second to the blue whale. If you were to read up on the fin whale you would probably learn the longest recorded is about 89 feet, they look similar to blues, and that they rarely raise their tale out of the water while diving (fluking). Having read up on fin whales myself numerous times, when I saw a fin whale fluke I couldn’t believe my eyes! And even more amazing, I’ve seen fin whales fluke three times this year!