North News: Spring
Feb. 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29, and
whales are nearing the end of their epic migration,
each ready to swallow at least 67 tons of food during
feeding grounds. But
the California point-count sites did not see the big
push of cow/calf pairs they expected over the past
two weeks. Where are the babies? Team
up with scientist Wayne Perryman as he dives into fluctuating
calf counts by looking for correlations. Take
action for the whales' ocean habitat and dig into a
list of summer resources as we end our season
today. Go Whales!
and babies are heading north, some with bottlenose
dolphins as escorts! The first cow/calf pairs have
been spotted in British Columbia. Despite a slow
experts are watching for the cow/calf surge. If
you hear a fellow whale-watcher call "BLOW, 300
degrees at 45 mil," how far offshore is that whale? Students
from Malibu High School who visited the "Gray Whales
Count" site learned how to answer that question, and
can too. What do scientists know about gray whale sleep?
What don't they know? See our photo
study and you may say, "What a waste!"
whales are heading
north in earnest! See an aerial photo of a pod in
Alaska, and a fun video of the few left
lagoon. Read tales of calf mischief on the migration
trail and learn the identity of gray whale enemy number
folks at Gray Whales Count have been interviewed by
radio and TV; we proudly share those links! There's
good news, too, on the San Diego Harbor whale. Your
citizen science observations offer terrific reading.
Enjoy the latest news. Photo Caroline Armon
come the babies! The first cow/calf pairs were reported
this week at all three California point-count sites.
We're celebrating the first gray whale reported
in Alaska too! Find out how baby "Barnita" got her
nickname, and calculate how many whales remain in San
Ignacio Lagoon. With
in the Arctic changing faster than anywhere else on earth,
our climate studies feature introduces the impact on
the great whales. Get the rest of the story on the
Harbor Whale, and prepare your questions for Kim Shelden,
our gray whale expert, in this exciting year.
a TERRIFIC northbound gray whale migration we are having —
so much more action than in the past several years," exclaims
the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census Director. Proof
the News pages. No cow/calf pairs yet, but surging numbers
past our California point-count sites. Underwater
instruments enable listening to migrating whales at the Gray
Whales Count site! Two students
touch whales in the lagoon, where babies are getting
spring training. With the recent news of a wayward (lost,
or curious?) young whale, our slide show explores how whales
than 5,000 miles. What's the concern about the "Skinnys"? What's a visible clue
to a whale's age?
|| March 4, 2009
is picking up, and so is excitement! First northbounders
were reported as far as Tofino, BC. ACS/Los Angeles had their
biggest day yet, with 17 whales on March 2. Gray Whales Count
surpassed 100 so far this season. What are two reasons why
a long migration could be less risky than staying in one
place? Get a close look inside a whale's mouth. Identify
common whale behaviors with our new photo quiz, and find
knew they had spotted a returning whale called "Patch." Photo
at Los Angeles for what's called the "turnaround" date
have news, and Gray Whales Count shares amazing observations.
Farther up the coast, the FIRST northbound whale was spotted
at Depoe Bay, Oregon!
to tell a story with data from San Ignacio Lagoon, where
moms and babies frolic and counts are looking good.
Two scientists weigh in on
Get up close to a spouting whale with our video clip, and see what you can
learn from a baby whale's face.
The longest migration of any mammal is underway! Pacific
Gray whales are swimming south AND north along the Pacific
Meet whale baby "Katy
2.5" and learn the story behind that name. Enjoy our
photo slideshow to see why gray whales rule
when it comes to amazing animal journeys, and find out
where on the migration trail the whales have been seen
heading north. For you and lucky whale watchers, it's time
for the greatest show
Teachers: See Getting
of the Annual Migration Cycle