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The Six Best Places in the World for Whale Watching

Whale watching as an organized activity began in 1950 when the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego was declared a public place for gray whale watching. Since then, thousands of tourists have come to this American city to enjoy the spectacle offered by various types of whales, such as blue whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and orcas. In fact, due to the diversity of species … Continue reading The Six Best Places in the World for Whale Watching

Lions, Leopards and Whales, Oh My!

Join the American Cetacean Society, San Diego Chapter for their next event in the Speaker Series. Jodi Frediani will be talking about “Lions & Leopards & Whales, Oh My!: Photographing marine wildlife around the globe” The virtual event is free and will be held on November 10 at 7pm. Jodi Frediani, Santa Cruz based award-winning photographer and whale researcher, has been swimming with and photographing … Continue reading Lions, Leopards and Whales, Oh My!

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Did You Know – Facts About Gray Whales

The only member of the family Eschrichtiidae, the gray whale is a mysticete, or baleen whale. It is a “coastal” whale that migrates along the North American Pacific Coast between arctic seas and the lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. Frequently visible from shore, gray whales provide a unique opportunity for land and boat observation, and commercial whale watching has become a major industry along its … Continue reading Did You Know – Facts About Gray Whales

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Gray whales are starving and dying off at an alarming rate along the Pacific Coast

As long as yellow school bus and weighing as much as 20 cars, the eastern North Pacific gray whale is a gentle giant often seen breaching just off the California coast. As of 2016 the population consisted of 27,000 individuals, but around two years ago unusual numbers of whales started dying off, alarming scientists. Since 2019, gray whales have been decimated by something called an unusual mortality event, … Continue reading Gray whales are starving and dying off at an alarming rate along the Pacific Coast