Update: April 27, 2011
mom/calf pairs are surging north in a week with good news and
great news! In
the past 13 days, ACS/LA volunteers spotted 98 northbound gray whales
(including 36 calves)—the highest calf numbers to date since
and chills abound in this week's Field Notes. What
is the calf doing in this
Week's Report Includes:
of the Week
Watching: News from Observation
on the globe to see the migration route. Then click
red dots for latest news from our Posts.
This week: See field notes from #6, #7,
#8, #10, and #15
Whales at Bodega Bay, CA
the past 13 days, we have spotted 98 northbound gray whales
(including 36 calves): the highest calf numbers to date since
Schulman-Janiger at ACS/LA (#6).
(Calf counts at this post generally peak around April 25.)
Many of the whales passed so close that observers could
hear them blow, and bottlenose
dolphin and sea lions leaped playfully among the whales. Wouldn't
you love to be there?
Michael Smith's Counters have had one great day after another
(see data). Yesterday,(April
26, "it was almost non-stop whales" from the
opening. They added seven more calves in an altogether
fantastic day," reported Director Michael H. Smith. But
boat traffic on April 19 kept them on edge as they
watched the cow/calf parade.
news also comes from Wayne Perryman's scientific study
site at Pt. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Station (Post
northbound pulse of gray whale calves is now in full swing,
with 19 c/c pairs spotted April 26. Mr. Perryman now has hopes
of beating last
year's low total of 71 calves. Find out something that has
make him think, question and wonder.
whalewatching cruisers at Post #15 (Vancouver,
reported their first mom/calf pairs, and the whales have been
past Kodiak Island, Alaska (#16)
as they enter the home stretch of their over-5,000-mile
What's Happening Now
Read the latest thrills and chills from Post #7.
Here come the
moms and babies! What's the exciting news at Post #8 after this week's
rush? Click the photo for a question too.
watch the few remaining whales at nursery Laguna San Ignacio (#2) at sunset.
the Migration: Using Daily Data
This Week's Questions:
In our first
report we said, "Delighted observers predict a record
year." As you look at the data now, answer these questions:
- How do sightings
at each of our two California point-count posts compare to those
seen during this period a year ago? (Data pages contain two years
trends you will see in the next 2-week report
period, our final numbers for the 2011 spring migration.
the Gray Whale
took an expert to answer some of the tough questions you sent,
and this week we share fascinating answers! You get an update
on a mysterious whale that appeared a year ago, and see Kim's
responses to challenges like these:
the moms make the babies leave them, or do the babies want to
- Are whales
afraid of anything in the ocean?
the arctic ice all melts, what will the gray whales do?
Evaluation: Please Share Your Thoughts
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help, we can document Journey North's reach, impact and value.
We need comments like yours to keep the program going and growing.
FINALGray Whale Migration Update Will Be Posted on May 11, 2011.