ACS/LA GRAY WHALE CENSUS AND BEHAVIOR PROJECT


As of 31 May 2016

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


Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2015)

Southbound ------------------- 1430
Northbound ------------------- 2541
Total ------------------------ 3971
Calves South ------------------- 33
Calves North ------------------ 341

Message from the observers: Although no grays were spotted today - we did see BLUE WHALES, FIN WHALES, and HUMPBACK WHALES! We watched two BLUE WHALES this afternoon that lingered one to three miles offshore; one fluked regularly. One HUMPBACK WHALE breached twice, and also fluked consistently. We tracked at least three FIN WHALES that moved back and forth across our viewing field throughout the day including a smaller FIN WHALE; one lunged once. We also spotted several groups of COMMON DOLPHIN throughout the day, including a very large group estimated at about 1000, and small groups of inshore BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN. This fantastic Gray Whale Season was very memorable: northbound calf count is the highest of all 33 seasons, southbound total count is the second highest, and northbound total count is our fourth highest. We will be back at Pt. Vicente on 1 December, to kick off our 34th season. Thanks so much to our nearly 100 citizen scientists who spotted and tracked cetaceans this season, and to the Pt. Vicente Interpretive Center for their generous support and use of their patio as our observation platform.



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