Friday, August 20, 2010
And there's a minke whale to crash the party
For the last few weeks we’ve been seeing blue whales galore! We’ve had as many as 12 whales in a single trip! Looks like along with the nice weather came the blue whales. And in addition to that, we’ve also seen a breaching minke, and possibly a hybrid blue-fin whale!
Thursday, August 05, 2010
As the sun has finally shown its beautiful face here recently, it’s helped to get things moving in the ocean. On one of the whale watching trips last week, we got an up close look at some of the food that blue whales eat. Read on to get find out more about the krill and how a blue whale’s body is designed to eat so much!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Read on to find out what's happening next that can help!
Last March the Aquarium hosted a Whale Watch Photography Cruise, and we’re doing it again! This time the trip is scheduled to be a little longer and instead of looking for gray whales, we’ll be looking for the blue whales! In addition to searching for blue whales to photograph, we’ll also be looking for dolphins, seals, sea lions, and much more. Read on to find out what is going to make this trip extra special!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
And the blues seem to be right on cue
We officially switch to Blue Whale Watch starting Friday, June 11, 2010. It looks like the blues will be showing up right in time. In the last couple of weeks the blues have started to pop up. I saw my first blue whale last week and man was she a beauty!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
They were spotted twice in less than two weeks
Killer whales, also known as orcas, pop up here in Long Beach every so often. Normally they’re here a couple times a year, usually in winter. This year I was a little sad that we hadn’t seen any during gray whale season, but it looks like some of the pods made their way down here. We’ve seen orcas two times in the last month!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
And we can see them now!
Besides blue whale season being right around the corner, there’s also another treat in store for us that goes right along with the whales. That treat is the offshore bottlenose dolphins. Although we see dolphins all year long, we tend to see more of the offshore bottlenose during our Dolphin and Sea Life cruises and as we head off shore to find the blues. Read on to find out what they do that is so special!
Thursday, April 29, 2010
But that doesn't mean we won't see whales
As the gray whale season winds down, we’ll be making the switch over to Dolphin and Sea Life Cruise starting May 1. Just because we’re not officially doing a “whale watch” doesn’t mean we won’t see any whales. I’ve seen some of the most amazing whales during the Dolphin and Sea Life cruises! Read on to find out what might be in store.
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!