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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Getting Questions Answered About Blue Whales from an Expert | Kera  buttonLink

Getting Questions Answered About Blue Whales from an Expert

It’s coming up on that time again…blue whales! For the last two summers, there have been more blue whales here than there ever have been in previous years. Normally the first whale is spotted sometime in June, and then by mid July, there are so many here that’s it almost a guaranteed sighting daily on the boats. Last year the first sighting was on June 11. In 2007 the first sighting was June 12. This year we had our first sightings in APRIL! I wonder if this is a foreshadowing for what the summer is going to look like…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Follow That Bird! | Kera  buttonLink

Follow That Bird!

One of the most common questions I get while on the boats is “How do you find the whales and dolphins? Does that Captain use radar?”  Unfortunately, no. I wish it were that easy! We rely on our eyes to do the searching. There are a couple of things we look for to get us in the right direction and as I like to say, “Follow the birds!”

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS! | Kera  buttonLink

Dolphins, Dolphins, AND MORE DOLPHINS!

The gray whales are pretty much done passing through, and the next true season for whales is in the summer from around June to September when the blues are here. So for now, we go in search of some VERY acrobatic animals…the dolphins! And there’s more than one type of dolphin that likes to put on a show!

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Flippers, Fins, and Flukes, OH MY! | Kera  buttonLink

About a year ago, I was out on the boat as usual and was super excited to see all of the animals in the area. At this time, the gray whales had pretty much finished up migrating through our waters. We’d still see a few stragglers here and there. This was also the time that humpbacks poked their heads into our waters. Around this time every year we get humpback whales that also pass through here. Their migration is a little different and the majority of the humpback whales we see are coming from Central America and Mexico. I’d recently seen my first two humpback whales, and couldn’t wait to hopefully find more. And boy was I in for a surprise! On May 1, 2008, I got a very nice showing. I saw flippers, fins, and flukes, oh my!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gray Whales Traveling on the 405 Freeway | Kera  buttonLink

Gray Whales Traveling on the 405 Freeway

Every year the gray whale makes a migration that is longer than pretty much any other animal in the world. They start from way up in the northern waters of Alaska and the Bering Sea, and in October head south on a 6,000+ mile trip to the lagoons in Mexico. After spending a couple of months down there, they then head 6,000+ miles back up the coast, passing by us, just as if they were traveling back and forth on the 405 freeway. Who would have thought that whales would have to commute???

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Join Kera and Alicia as They Report on the Aquarium’s Whale Watching Endeavors! | Kera  buttonLink

Join Kera and Alicia as They Report on  the Aquarium’s Whale Watching Endeavors!

Welcome fellow whale lovers!  My name is Kera Mathes, and along with Alicia Archer, we will be blogging on all of our amazing adventures on our daily whale watching trips on a 65ft. catamaran with Harbor Breeze Tours!  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to get on the water with some aquarium staff and volunteers, but if not, check here to see what’s been happening on the water.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS | Hugh  buttonLink

BLUE WHALE FLUKE PRINTS AND POOP PRINTS

An adult blue whale can eat over 4 tons of krill per day and just like you and I after gorging ourselves on our favorite foods, a lot of what enters our body via the mouth, usually exits the body a bit further down.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas! | Staci  buttonLink

Whale Watching in Cabo San Lucas!

It’s only February, but it’s been a pretty exciting year so far. The beginning of the month was particularly rousing, as I found myself on a cruise around the Mexican Riviera, constantly keeping an eye out for marine animals! I took every single opportunity offered to me to get out on the water, as well as in the water. It was just off the coast of Cabo San Lucas that our snorkeling trip turned into an unexpected, yet welcome, whale-watching fiesta!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Whale of an Adventure! | Staci  buttonLink

A Whale of an Adventure!

As a marine mammal enthusiast, going whale watching is probably one of my most favorite things to do.  At the Aquarium, we strive to educate our guests about all different types of marine mammals but you can’t really appreciate their true size and beauty until you’ve seen these magnificent animals up close!

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

WHALE WATCHING 101 | Hugh  buttonLink

WHALE WATCHING 101

Going on a whale watching trip with the aquarium? Want to know what you might see? Worried about seasickness? Here are some tips from an avid whale watcher.

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