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Dolphins, Whales, And A Rare Visit From Sperm Whales!

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Saturday, August 24, 2019

James S.

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Sperm whale fluke above water as it dives Aquarium of the Pacific

It has been a season of highs and lows, as our blue whale season continues to fluctuate conversely to our historic photo ID program data we’re still getting out there and seeing lots of diversity. Blue whales have been seen most days in the past week, and we had another beautiful sighting of a pair of sperm whales. Sperm whales don’t come around too often, we see them maybe every few years, and when they are here we try to spend as much time with them as possible! I would guess that with all the Risso’s sightings we’ve had this year a sperm whale sighting was to be expected. If you recall I’ve talked about them pretty frequently in the blog, one because I think they are absolutely beautiful, but also because their social dynamics and timing to show up are so interesting. Risso’s are primarily squid hunters, and sperm whales do love to dive deep for their food 1,000-2,600ft on average but can dive down to 6,600ft. At those depths, sperm whales are hunting medium-sized squid.

There’s been plenty of blue whale sightings for us this August, so if you haven’t seen one before I recommend getting on a whale watch in search of the largest animal to roam our planet. Our interns have been working very hard to photograph, document, and identify all of the blue whales we have seen. Just because the summer for students is almost over doesn’t mean the season is over! Come on down to Long Beach and get your combo ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises. Whale watches board at 12:00 P.M. and 3:30 p.m. every day and you can visit the Aquarium before or after your whale watch. We’re open late Fridays through Sundays with late-night discount tickets after 5:00 p.m.

See you on the water!