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Blue Whales – Big Boats – Danger

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Blue Whales – Big Boats – Danger

Blue whale and big boats traveling along the same routes can become dangerous situation for the majestic blue whales, our vessels -the massive damage often incurred and people aboard. Blue whale and boat collisions can cause disastrous consequences including the obvious physical harm to the largest mammal on the planet but also severely damaging ships large and small, sometimes irreparably so. Marine Biologists, the Coast Guard, Navy, National Marine Fisheries Service and various coastal authorities all have an invested ...

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Gray Whale Sex Life – It Takes Three

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Gray Whale Sex Life – It Takes Three

Gray Whale Sex

We all love gray whale watching, so let learn about gray whale sex.   Who doesn’t enjoy a nice, relaxing sail out to sea, anxiously searching in anticipation for that spout to appear upon the surface of the water?  There is something so majestic about watching a marine creature of such colossal size, swim so effortlessly through the water then breach fluently through the air and slap the water as they come back down. Just amazing.

Whales are the ...

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Impact on Whales – Humans are to Blame

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Impact on Whales – Humans are to Blame

Enviromental Impact on Whales

It’s difficult to separate the environmental impact on whales without mentioning that humans are at the root cause.  Harmful toxins have affected every square mile of the earth’s oceans, and the implications are the same for both sea creatures and humans alike. Human activities, such as over-fishing, global warming and greenhouse gases, are affecting the world in ways we can’t imagine. It’s estimated that 40 percent of the earth’s marine ecosystems are ...

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Shore Whaling in San Diego at Ballast Point

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Shore Whaling in San Diego at Ballast Point

Ballast Point Beginning

Mariners, South Pacific bound, first visited San Diego in the 1820s and the gray whales became in danger, shore whaling begins. Two Portuguese-American brothers arrived in San Diego in 1857. One year later, Captain Packard and his brother set up shore-whaling operations at Ballast Point. They were joined by Africans, Irish, Spaniards, Mexicans and Englishmen. Ballas Point quickly became a major whaling hub with additional camps stationed in Baja California.

It’s rumored that Captain Packard and his ...

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San Diego Whale Watching and Migration

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San Diego Whale Watching and Migration

The Long Migration

Beginning in the early winter there is great whale watching and the event continues through April as over 18,000 gray whales will make a 10,000 plus mile trek from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja Mexico. There, in the warmer waters of Baja, thousands of gray whale females will give birth. After several months the young whales will grow strong and the spring journey, back to Alaska, will begin. It is a migrating cycle that ...

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San Diego Blue Whales in Abundance

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San Diego Blue Whales in Abundance

The Blue Whales are Here

Blue Whales are in abundance off of San Diego’s shoreline.  On occasions, the surreal giants can be seen closer to shore, but often they are in deeper water off the Coronado Islands or the Nine Mile Bank.  Blue Whales can be 70 to 100 feet in length, weigh over 100 tons (which means that the tongue of a Blue Whale can alone weigh as much as 2.7 tons!), and have a distinctly blue color.  ...

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San Diego Whale Watching Season

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San Diego whale watching season is upon us again.  Each year thousands of California Gray Whales make the long trek from their feeding grounds in the nutrient rich arctic waters to calving grounds in Baja, Mexico.  San Diego Whale Watching is great fun as well as something that attracts many tourists.

San Diego Whale Watching Stats

The whales can reach a length of 52ft, a weight of 36 tons and an age of 60 years.  The California Gray Whale ...

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Whale Watching – Pod Spotted – Five Whales

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Although whale watching we had to go out quite a ways to find them, we successfully spotted a pod of five whales! It was pretty amazing to see five at one time. The best part was that they were sort of just hanging around playing, basically circling for quite a while.  Most times when out on a whale watching charter the whales are intend on continuing on their journey south.

The whales were almost performing for us as ...

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