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History of Whale Watching

By | 2018-06-29T02:19:24+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Organized whale watching started in the United States, when the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego was declared a public venue for observing the migration of Gray Whales; the spectacle attracted 10,000 visitors in its first year, 1950.[1] In 1955 the first water-based whale watching commenced in the same area, charging customers $1 per

Why are they called ‘killer whales’ when they are dolphins?

By | 2018-06-26T16:47:47+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dolphins and whales are closely related. Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale’ by ancient sailors’ observations of groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species. They called orcas asesina ballenas, or ‘whale killer’ – a term that was eventually flipped around to the easier ‘killer whale’. Their Latin name, Orcinus orca,

Gray Whale sighted at Smith Island

By | 2018-06-23T23:47:30+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus),[1] also known as the grey whale,[4] gray back whale, Pacific gray whale, or California gray whale[5] is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and

Killer whales spotted 2 miles from our marina!

By | 2018-06-24T00:36:47+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|

Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins. They have been known to attack baleen whale calves, and even adult whales. Killer whales are apex predators, as there is

4 Killer Whales spotted north of Sucia Island yesterday

By | 2018-06-24T02:12:14+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Killer whales are very sophisticated and effective predators of marine mammals. Thirty-two cetacean species have been recorded as prey, from observing orcas' feeding activity, examining the stomach contents of dead orcas, and seeing scars on the bodies of surviving prey animals. Groups even attack larger cetaceans such as minke whales, gray whales,[122] and, rarely,