Thursday, October 07, 2010
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.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
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!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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!
Friday, September 03, 2010
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!
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!