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Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kera

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!

About three weeks ago, girls from the Aquarium were coming in from the Dolphin and Sea Life cruises and saying they’d seen blue whales. I couldn’t wait to get out there. For two weeks I’d go on the boat and we’d just be missing the couple that were here. They’d have moved to other side of the canyon they were feeding in, or we’d go left when they’d moved right that day. Finally, last Thursday, I saw my first blue whale! I knew eventually we’d get lucky on one of MY Dolphin and Sea Life Cruises.

When Roger (one of our ace spotters) told Captain Ryan that he thought he’d seen something, I knew it was a blue. We started looking in the direction of where he thought he saw the blow. We kept watching for about seven minutes, and then finally she popped back up. We always look in an area for about 10-12 minutes because there’s a chance that what we saw was the last blow before the whale went down for a deep dive. That was the case with this whale. It always pays to be patient if you think you saw something! If you get too anxious and leave, the whale could pop up from that deep dive and we’d be too far away to see it again. I’m glad Roger stuck with his gut on that one!

After the blue whale came back up, we made our way over and got some great looks at her. She was huge! I’d say probably around 85-90ft long. She stayed at a constant speed and just toted around the area. We got to watch her for about four dive cycles, and she fluked every time she went down. Oh man, how I’ve missed those gorgeous tails! I just know this is going to be a great summer!

As we switch to Blue Whale Watch from Dolphin and Sea Life, this means we’ll be out on the water for about an hour longer. This is great because as the first whales are moving around and we’re waiting for the rest to get here, we’ll have ample time to cover some ground and find them. If you’re interested in joining us for our blue summer, we officially start Friday the 11th!

Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday
Roger is a deckhand on the boats and is one of the best spotters!  | Kera Mathes
Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday
A blue whale flukes every time it goes down on a deep dive.  | Kera Mathes
Blue Whale Watching Starts Friday
This blue whale has a little lopsided fluke. I bet it will be easy to spot her again!  | Kera Mathes

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Hamish

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 09:41 AM

Blue whales are such incredible creatures, it is hard to fathom the sheer size of them. There is a blue whale skeleton at the museum of Nature in Ottawa Canada, which (because you can see all the bones) gives you a good sense of the creatures proportions, but even it was only an adolescent whale. There is more information on this at Canada’s Got Treasures, which is also a space where you can share your images and videos with the rest of Canada.

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Anitza

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 12:30 PM

Hamish,

If you get a chance to visit us in Long Beach, CA, one of the first things you will see is a life-size whale model hanging from our ceiling in the Great Hall. Our blue whale is 88 feet long and is paired with her 2-week-old calf.

But that can’t compare to actually seeing them out in the ocean where they belong!

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lucille angelucci

Monday, August 02, 2010 03:11 PM

can you please advise when the blue whale watch cruises will end?  is it October or November?  do you do the grey whale watches? If so, when? please advise via return email.

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lucille angelucci

Monday, August 02, 2010 03:26 PM

can you please advise when the blue whale watch cruises will end?  when will the grey whale watch cruises begin and when do they end?  please advise via return email.  thank you.

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