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Whales and Dolphins Inspire Reading on International Children’s Book Day

Everywhere around the world, children and families alike come together and celebrate the literary world of children’s books. Books of all themes and storylines help shape the young minds of millions of children throughout countries worldwide. International Children’s Book Day is a celebration dating back to 1967. This commemorative day is held annually on April…

10 Things That Are Amazing About Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

The Pacific white-sided dolphin has so many standout characteristics – we can’t wait to share with you “b-low! Often referred to as “Lags,” a shortened version of their scientific name Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, these vivacious and gregarious bi-colored oceanic dolphins have striking blackish grey and white markings and always wear a friendly smile you won’t forget. Passengers often…

10 Things That Are Amazing About Gray Whales

Gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus), are known as the California gray whale because these whales travel down our stunning California coastline every year on their way to the lagoons of Mexico each winter. Their annual trip down our coastline may be our favorite part of this whale’s migration and one of several highlights of some pretty…

Are Orcas Dolphins?

If you have been wondering if dolphins are whales, the answer is…YES! The next question frequently asked is, “are orcas dolphins?” and that answer again is simply…YES! Read on to discover why orcas are dolphins and the different types of killers whales found off the west coast of North America. Orcinus orca is the largest…

Huntington Beach Oil Spill Update

The overall totals of the Huntington Beach oil spill in Orange County are considerably less than what was originally reported. As a whole, the spill has traveled fewer miles than originally anticipated it could. On Thursday, October 12, 2021, United States Coast Guard Captain Rebecca Ore estimated that “roughly 588 barrels of oil have spilled,…

What Does the Gray Whale Watching Migration and Western Monarch Butterflies Have in Common?

The Plight of the Monarchs is Under Threat It is not groundbreaking news learning that environmental factors impact oceans across the globe. Sadly, the footprint humankind leaves on our earth negatively impacts and is significantly altering marine wildlife habitats everywhere. Global changes stemming from the result of waste and refuse and population growth has a…

Whale Endangerment & Entanglement

“The five most frequently entangled large whale species include the humpback whale, gray whale, minke whale, blue whale, and North Atlantic right whale. Even when people do everything right, many of these entangled animals can not be freed.”- Kim Sawicki 2020 broke records for more than the tragic loss of life across the globe due…

Orange County Oil Spill Prompts Extensive Clean Up Along Southern California Coastline

The ground and seas rattled and shook as the heart-pumping aerobatic demonstrations of the high-flying aerial planes roared over Huntington Beach last Saturday during Orange County’s largest and most popular event of the year. Last weekend, millions of spectators looked up into the blue skies from boats and land and were wow’d, oooh’d and awe’d…

How Big Are Baby Whales?

There’s nothing sweeter than seeing a mother whale and calf pair traveling together through the gorgeous ocean waters of Dana Point, California, the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®. We love hearing the oooh’s and awe’s from passengers on our whale watching safari as whales gracefully breeze past the boats. When it comes to baby whale size we…

12 Interesting Facts About Whales

There are so many ‘whaley’ interesting facts about whales, we could talk about them all month long! The most amazing whale facts are the ones that not only broaden our knowledge of whales species as a whole but also expand people’s knowledge about these amazing creatures so that together, we can protect these magnificent mammals. Like all mammals,…

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