ACS/LA GRAY WHALE CENSUS AND BEHAVIOR PROJECT


As of 15 APR 2014

Southbound Today ---------------- 0
Northbound Today --------------- 15
Total Whales Today ------------- 15
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 5


Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2013)

Southbound ------------------- 1212
Northbound ------------------- 1168
Total ------------------------ 2380
Calves South ------------------- 14
Calves North ------------------- 29

Message from the observers: Interesting "Gray Whale Cow/Calf Behavior Day"! Two cow/calf pairs traveled together; a calf BREACHED twice and they did some rolling, frequently displaying a calf's pectoral flipper and a mom's flukes. Another cow/calf pair came in to just above the fence line and milled for over twenty minutes. That calf also rolled; the calf kept changing from one side of its mom to the other - likely NURSING! We heard blows from both the mom and her calf. The calf raised its head several times. A CA. sea lion swam with them for a while. This mom fluked frequently, displaying very jagged flukes with lopped off tips - likely from a killer whale attack. A group of at least five FIN WHALES swam together; two whales rolled. We also spotted COMMON DOLPHIN and BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN.



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

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