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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer? | Kera  buttonLink

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?

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I’ve calculated the number of whales we’ve seen from June 1, 2009 until last week from our logs! What an incredible amount of sightings and the numbers seem to be holding strong daily!

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Orcas on the Way? | Kera  buttonLink

Orcas on the Way?

Anyone that’s ever chatted with me about whales has probably learned that my all-time favorite animal is the orca a.k.a. killer whale. Out of everything I want to study and be around, orcas are my number one! I’ve recently gotten a report that a pod of orcas are on the way and might be in Long Beach this week!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet! | Kera  buttonLink

Blue Whale Season Isn’t Over Yet!

Even though our summer has winded down, the blue whales and other wildlife haven’t seemed to notice. The blue whales won’t be here for too much longer, but they’re still showing strong. On my trip out a few days ago I saw six blue whales and bottlenose dolphins! What a trip!

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now! | Kera  buttonLink

Something I’ve Only Ever Talked About…Until Now!

“Why are the blue whales here?” is a common question I get while working on the boat. The answer I most often reply with is “They’re here because they’re feeding on krill which is a small, shrimp-like animal.”  Typically the krill they eat are pretty deep, around 500 feet or so, but I always mention how on rare occasions the krill are at the surface and the blue whales will lunge feed at the surface. I’ve never seen it done … until now!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out! | Kera  buttonLink

How Do Whales Nurse? Let’s Find Out!

The past few weeks, we’ve been seeing a decent number of cow/calf pairs of blue whales. Just recently I got word that a calf was seen nursing!  Now even though I haven’t witnessed this with blue whales myself, I did recently get to see beluga whales nursing!

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

When Bottlenose and Risso’s Dolphins Mix! | Kera  buttonLink

When Bottlenose and Risso’s Dolphins Mix!

Just the other day I was talking to Alicia, my whale watching partner, and we were discussing how I haven’t seen any Risso’s dolphins this summer. Risso’s dolphins are usually here all summer long, and it’s not uncommon to see them on a trip when we’re looking for blue whales. Well I guess the Risso’s dolphins heard me because that’s all I’ve seen the last couple of days. More than I’ve EVER seen, and even better, they were mingling with bottlenose dolphins!!!

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Rare Sighting So Early in the Season | Kera  buttonLink

A Rare Sighting So Early in the Season

Although the blue whales aren’t here every day yet, I’ve already seen a pretty rare sighting for this season…a mother and baby blue whale, also called a cow/calf pair. Last September, which is the end of our typical blue whale watching season, I got a call from one of the captains from the boats we tour with and he told me he saw a cow/calf pair of blues. I was so excited! I’d been out so many times all summer and never heard of any reports for a cow/calf pair! How amazing! I got out on the boat and spent two days with them before they continued on their way. That had to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. And now here we are at the very beginning of the season, and I’m seeing a cow/calf pair already. How exciting!!

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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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