ACS/LA GRAY WHALE CENSUS AND BEHAVIOR PROJECT


As of 16 DEC 2014

Southbound Today --------------- 11
Northbound Today ---------------- 0
Total Whales Today ------------- 11
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 0


Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2014)

Southbound -------------------- 100
Northbound ---------------------- 0
Total ------------------------- 100
Calves South -------------------- 0
Calves North -------------------- 0

Message from the observers: ELEVEN GRAY WHALES! Cloudbursts (with lightning), and wildly varying visibility and wind made it difficult to spot and track whales this morning.All GRAY WHALES were singles, except for one pair - which zig-zagged and then circled near our transect; one of these whales lifted its head high. Two GRAY WHALE sightings milled, both taking almost two hours to pass us; we were working on both sightings at the same time, during one of our rain storms. One whale BREACHED, but we had trouble tracking that sighting. GRAY WHALES displayed their flukes during six sightings. We also found one (or two) HUMPBACK WHALES; displays included six BREACHES and multiple tail slapping (lob-tailing). The breaching was about two miles away and the tail slapping was a little further offshore. We watched a FIN WHALE, just over a mile offshore. We also spotted COMMON DOLPHIN. As the sun set into the horizon cloud bank, a tiny green flash ended our day.



For more information please contact the Census director, Alisa Schulman-Janiger (email: janiger@cox.net)

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