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How Gray Whale Calves Learn to Feed

Gray whales are on the return leg of their annual migration, heading from Baja California’s breeding lagoons to the Bering and Chukchi seas in the Arctic. Map source: Wikipedia, Creative Commons

A whimsical welcome letter to gray whale calves from the imagined “Bering & Chukchi Seas Dining Services.”

May 2013

Dear Gray Whale Calf,

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Whale Watching: The Home Stretch

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Is it mid-March already? That means we have just about a month left to cruise the Pacific in search of gray whales with Birch Aquarium naturalists.

We’ve seen some amazing sights lately aboard Flagship Cruises & Events’ Marietta. Among sightings of dolphins, sea lions, and coastal birds, eager whale watchers [...]

Whale Watching: An Unusual Season

Whale watcher Meredith Maddox caught this photo of a gray whale breaching on a recent cruise with Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Courtesy photo.

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

Whale watching is a very tricky business because we’re at the mercy of what nature has to offer us. However, occasional high winds, rolling seas, [...]

Whale Watching: The Grays Turn Northward

Migrating gray whales pass San Diego’s coastline. Photo by Elizabeth Argyle.

By Bekah Logan, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s February and whale watching in San Diego is still in full swing. We’re nearly halfway through the season, and so far, passengers aboard the Flagship Cruises and Events’ vessel Marietta have seen more than 300 gray whales!

In late [...]

Whale Watching: The Tale of a Whale’s Trail

By Elizabeth Argyle, Birch Aquarium naturalist

It’s nearing the end of January and San Diego is back in its rhythm after a long holiday break. While locals may have returned to their respective jobs and schools, something exciting is happening in the waters not too far from the city center. Gray whales are making their [...]

Whale Sighting!

Just off the coast of San Diego, a delighted group of passengers on one of our recent whale watching tours were lucky enough to spot this group of six gray whales. The passengers spent almost an hour coasting (at a safe distance) alongside these southbound whales aboard a Flagship Cruises & Events vessel.

Join us on [...]

Thar She Blows: Birch Aquarium launches 13th season of whale watching

Gray Whale Migration Map

by Audrey Evans, Birch Aquarium whale watching coordinator

December 26 marked the start of Birch Aquarium’s 13th season of whale watching with Flagship–San Diego Harbor Excursion. Aquarium naturalists and volunteers will be out on the open ocean twice per day through April 14, searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions, birds and [...]

Whale Watching: Season in Summary

By Audrey Evans, whale watching coordinator

Once again, it’s time to bid farewell to the gray whales; Birch Aquarium at Scripps’ 2011-12 whale watching season has drawn to a close. We are pleased with the season’s success; more than 500 baleen whales were spotted in the past three-and-a-half months.

Our passengers – along with aquarium [...]

Grays, Fins, and Humpbacks – Oh My!

The fin whale is the second largest animal on earth, behind the blue whale.

In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a few whale species other than grays off San Diego.

A favorite is the fin whale. The second largest animal on our planet today (averaging 79 feet long), these whales are quite a [...]

Whale Watching: Heading North

Gray whale tail. Photo: Audrey Evans

By Bekah Logan, naturalist

We’re halfway through the season, and the whales are starting to head back north!

The migration seemed to slow for a few weeks, and stormy weather kept us out of the water for a few days. However, the whales are back off our coast [...]