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How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?

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Whale Watching | Mammals

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Read on to find out!

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 don’t seem to be decreasing either!

In the last few weeks there have been a couple of days where we’ve spotted around 10 whales on each trip! The majority of the trips have been filled with a good number of blue whales, some fin whales here and there, minke whales sporadically, and even one humpback whale! Humpback whales aren’t usually in this area at this time of the year. We mostly spot the humpback whales around March, April, and May so this has been quite a treat. Right below are the totals of each type of whale we’ve seen since June 1, 2009.

  • Blue whales: 433
  • Fin whales: 34
  • Minke whales: 20
  • Humpback whales: 1
  • Total of all whales: 488!!

The total of 488 whales doesn’t necessarily mean there are 488 different whales. From being on the water so much these last couple of months I know we’ve seen a good chunk of the whales numerous times. I’ve been able to compare pictures of dorsal fins from each trip and have seen a couple of whales that have been hanging out all summer. There’s no way to tell exactly how many individuals are off our coast, but with some time, hopefully, we’ll get a rough idea.

Besides seeing a ton of whales the last couple of weeks, I’ve also been lucky enough to see some blues lunge feeding again (that’s only the second time in my life) and a baby blue whale come right up to the boat and roll in a circle. I’m not sure what’s gotten into these whales, but I like it, and I hope they continue to stick around for a while longer! There’s still time if anyone would like to join us on our daily excursions!

How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?
The baby blue whale rolls in a circle next to the boat  | Kera Mathes
How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?
Mother and baby blue breathe as they travel together.  | Kera Mathes
How Many Whales Did We Spot this Summer?
A nice dorsal shot of a minke whale; the smallest of the baleen whales.  | Kera Mathes

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Janell Jenkins

Sunday, October 18, 2009 11:19 PM

I plan to be in the Southern California area between Christmas and New Years, 2009.  Will you still be doing you whale watch trips?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 01:19 PM

YES!!  We’ll be doing gray whale watching at that time.  Usually by then the blue whales are gone, however, we have had a couple blues that have stayed into December.  Around that time we also spot a good number of fin whales.  We should be doing daily trips.  Check on the website when you get into town for departure times. I hope you can make it out!

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