ACS/LA GRAY WHALE CENSUS AND BEHAVIOR PROJECT


As of 25 May 2018

Southbound Today ---------------- 0
Northbound Today ---------------- 1
Total Whales Today -------------- 1
Southbound Calves Today --------- 0
Northbound Calves Today --------- 0


Season to Date (since 1 Dec 2017)

Southbound -------------------- 929
Northbound ------------------- 1951
Total ------------------------ 2880
Calves South ------------------- 61
Calves North ------------------ 104

Message from observers: During a day marked by fantastic visibility and increasing winds! Our GRAY WHALE was a large juvenile with very white rounded flukes that looked like they were covered with killer whale tooth rake scars. We tracked this whale as it swam just under the water's surface; its pale coloration gave it a green iridescent glow. We tracked 2-4 BLUE WHALES; one whale came as close as a mile offshore, and two whales fluked. We watched at least one FIN WHALE. There were as many as 9 whales with tall blows that were likely either BLUE or FIN WHALES; we could not verify the species ID, primarily due to difficulty tracking them in high winds that created numerous whitecaps. We also spotted many groups of COMMON DOLPHIN accompanied by lots of birds, especially during the morning; one group included over 1000 dolphin! We also saw inshore BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN. LAST DAY: We ended this 35th consecutive full season ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project with our ninth highest southbound gray whale count, third highest southbound gray whale calf count, ninth highest northbound gray whale count, and seventeenth highest northbound gray whale calf count: an excellent season, thanks to our hundred plus dedicated volunteers/citizen scientists! We'll be back on the Point Vicente Interpretive Center patio on 1 December, to kick off our 36th season!

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

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