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Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot!

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, January 13, 2011


And there’s more than just gray whales catching our attention

Gray whale sightings are more than four times higher at this time from last year! We’ve been seeing quite a few passing by and we’re also seeing some other unique animals to the area. Read on to find out what!

At this time last year we had spotted under 12 whales. This year we’re over 50 whales to date! That’s a dramatic increase from last year and very exciting. Although last years numbers were very low, that doesn’t necessarily indicate the population numbers as a whole. It could have just been that the gray whales were moving offshore on their migration or doing more traveling at night. It’s a huge ocean out there and if the grays aren’t sticking close to shore, it’s easy to miss them. I’m hoping that they decide to stay close and show themselves just the way they are. As I mentioned in my last blog, we’ve already had quite a few breaches happen in front of the boat. This year is just off to a great start!

Besides the grays showing in large numbers, we’ve also had a few unexpected, exciting, animals pop up. Dall’s porpoise! These are cold water animals that we don’t typically see down here. In the last two weeks we’ve spotted them twice! I can only hope I get more chances to see them! Unfortunately, I wasn’t the one on the boat, but I’m sure my day will come.

If you’d like to be a part of this remarkable gray whale season, now is a great time to join us. The weather has been amazing, the seas have been calm, and the animals have been mighty!

Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot!
A Dall's porpoise zips by under water.  | Condor Express
Gray Whale Sightings Are Exceeding Last Year’s…by a Long Shot!
A gray whale breathes at the surface leaving behind a plume of mist.  | Lee Ung

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Sunday, January 23, 2011 01:30 AM

Hello ........... I am bringing my granddaughters to Long Beach during their Spring break (March 17-24) I was planning on bringing them to the aquarium and am wondering if that’s too late to catch the gray whales ???

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:27 PM

No, not at all!  March is typically one of the higher months when it comes to sightings.  In March, usually the cow/calf pairs (mom and baby) are making their way north.  There should still be plenty to see!  Keep checking the blogs and I’ll keep it updated with sightings!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011 07:44 PM

Hi! I’m very interested on going on this watch. Can children under 3 years not go?

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