You may have heard that Gray Whales fast during the long migration to and from the breeding grounds and only eat on the northern feeding grounds. So what’s up with the two Gray Whales that were recently seen feeding off the coast of Seal Beach in Southern California? Contrary to common belief, Gray whales sometimes snack along their migration route and even occasionally feed within the calving lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. Just as in their northern feeding grounds, the snacks mostly consist of amphipods (shrimplike crustations), marine worms, and other critters scooped up from sand- and mud- habitats along the shallow seafloor. The tell-tale sign that the whales are feeding, is the mud plumes produced as the whales filter out their tasty snacks from the mud and water.
Sadly, a dead Gray Whale was found washed up on a San Diego beach and towed to Fiesta Island. While spotting live whales is the main focus of our Whale Watching Cruises, a lot of important information can be gleaned from a dead whale. The necropsy being performed by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)…
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2017 – 2018 Winter Whale Watching Date Morning Cruise Afternoon Cruise Notes 3/29/18 1 Gray Whale, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins 3 Gray Whales, 30+ Pacific White-sided Dolphins Morning Cruise: Calm seas and sunny skies today. we had a brief sighting of an elusive Gray Whale along with some scattered Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Afternoon Cruise:…
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Our Whalers (naturalists) from the San Diego Natural History Museum were full of holiday spirit and cetacean (whale and dolphin) information as they educated guests about the 20 Gray Whales and hundreds of dolphins (including Common, Pacific White-sided and Risso’s) spotted during the past week’s cruises.