ACS/LA GRAY WHALE CENSUS AND BEHAVIOR PROJECT


As of 5 MAR 2015

Southbound Today ---------------- 2
Northbound Today --------------- 49
Total Whales Today ------------- 51
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 0


Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2014)

Southbound ------------------- 1862
Northbound -------------------- 401
Total ------------------------ 2263
Calves South ------------------- 49
Calves North -------------------- 1

Message from the observers: 2 southbound, 49 northbound! Socializing Day: three different sightings rolled around. One trio interacted with some PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN, which leaped over the whales. These whales displayed lots of pectoral flippers and did a tail throw, a tail swish, two head lifts, and a head throw! One whale rolled and rested its pectoral flipper on the belly of another whale. We watched a pod of four whales for over two hours as they rolled around, moving from nearly six miles offshore to a mile and a half offshore; we spent a lot of time looking in spotting scopes to verify that they were GRAY WHALES. One whale BREACHED. Three sightings milled, and came close enough for us to hear their blows. Two HUMPBACK WHALES passed through our viewing area; as many as five to seven FIN WHALES came by us, but they were too far away to get a positive species identification. We also spotted COMMON DOLPHIN, BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN, and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN.



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