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There Are Still Blues Around

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Animal Updates | Mammals | Whale Watching

Thursday, August 31, 2017

James S.

Blue whale right side and dorsal fin - popup
Blue whale right side and dorsal fin Capt. Kevin Nguyen, Harbor Breeze Cruises

Hello, whale friends! I’m happy to announce that our new set of photo ID interns will be starting in a couple of weeks. Please welcome Lauren, Korrina, Laura, and Shelby to our program. Shelby has already helped with our coastal bottlenose dolphin ID citizen science program. I also wanted to announce that LA Fleet Week® festivities will take place during the holiday weekend, September 1-4 at the Port of Los Angeles. If you’re interested in checking out all the different things for this event click here to go to their web page.

LA Fleet Week® is a free public event celebrating our U.S. armed forces at our nation’s #1 port, the Port of Los Angeles. A new Labor Day tradition in Los Angeles, the event welcomes active military ships and personnel to the LA Waterfront, and features public ship tours, military equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, educational activities and more. -LA Fleet Week® website

Well we finally found another blue whale! Our photo ID staff and Harbor Breeze took some really nice photos of this whale. We saw it all during the last weekend. Since there are not a lot of blue whales within an easy distance for the boats to get to we tried to find this one whale for each trip so that guests would get to experience the largest animal on the planet. There have been some reported cases of blue whales on the outside edge or further of Catalina Island. So while we would love to take people as far out as the whales are, it’s just not feasible.

Just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean we won’t go exploring for whales. All throughout the weekend there will be 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. trips. Get your tickets now since we have full weekend at the Aquarium. We’ll be open late Saturday and Sunday, Military day is August 30, the Aquarium will be participating in educating the public at Los Cerritos Wetlands, and of course celebrating and having fun on Labor Day. Follow the link to get your combo ticket for Harbor Breeze Cruises and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Get out on the water during this heat wave and then head inside the aquarium to learn all about the 12,000 animals we have on exhibit.