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Gray Whale Migration Update: May 18, 2005
“It has been a good year for gray whales, and for those who have the good
fortune to watch them pass,” reports Wayne Perryman with the 5th highest
calf count since 1994. Take the challenge to be the scientist and spot matches
in whale photos with
Dr. William Megill to guide you. It’s time to thank our scientists and
wish a fabulous summer feast to the gray whales!
Whale Migration Update: May 4, 2005
Fill in the blanks to our questions to discover what day-to-day migration patterns
are suggested by the data. Then join whale watchers with Michael's field notes
to inspire you. See a photo of something in every gray whale's mouth as you dig
into our newest “Journey North for Kids.” Don't miss our video clip
and lesson as you imagine carrying several hundred pounds of hitchhikers on your
back, like gray whales do--all their lives!
Whale Migration Update: April 20, 2005
Counting Cows and Calves passing Pt. Piedras Blancas, CA, Wayne Perryman says, “The
parade is picking up.” The counts from our other two California observation
posts look that way too! What's the first journey north like for a mother and
her calf? Our literature link tells the story. Can you list 3 things that make
whales mammals? Our new Journey North for Kids link helps! Also find photos,
a pantomime activity, and discoveries about whale adaptations.
Whale Migration Update: April 6, 2005
The adult phase of migration appears to have advanced past our California observation
posts, and in the lagoons, Keith Jones shares field notes of his final whale
the season. Sightings past both ACS observation posts have been fairly scarce.
Where are all the migrating whales? Explore the correlation between winter sea
ice and spring calf counts with NOAA biologist Wayne Perryman's research, and
see his first cow/calf counts. A young whale breaches in this week's video clip,
and we've got directions for drawing a life-size gray whale!
Whale Migration Update: March 23, 2005
Fewer whales are in the Mexican lagoons, and a big surge in numbers
passing our California observation posts says gray whale migration
is in full swing. We've had two reports of whales reaching Alaska!
These gentle giants travel 24/7, so how do they rest? Enjoy exciting
field reports, great photos, a spectacular video clip and a puzzling
new Challenge Question in this week's report.
Whale Migration Update: March 9, 2005
The migration is picking up, but what might you mistakenly assume if you looked
only at data from the Los Angeles observation post? Imagine you are watching
and hear "Blow, 300 degrees at 45 mil!" Where should you look? Decode the lingo
with our lesson. See a baby whale up close with our new
video clip and learn what they're up to in the lagoons. Sharpen pencils for some
Whale Migration Update: February 23, 2005
The gray whale migration is picking up, but gray whales are still plowing south.
do you think that is? But changes have occurred
last report. Analyze
the latest data and find out the news! See fascinating field notes from the
lagoons and the California coast. There's a new video clip too. (Watch out
for the splash!)
Whale Migration Update: February 9, 2005
It's prime time again for one of the greatest shows in the marine world:
the California gray whale migration. They're swimming both directions
along the Pacific coast, with more whales headed south than north. That
will soon change. Collect the latest data and start your graphs and analysis.
If you can’t imagine kissing a baby whale, check out our video
clip. A fascinating new season of reports, photos, and lessons starts
of the Annual Migration Cycle
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