Patches and Chief

Yesterday I posted about taking the Matt Walsh out of Marina del Rey, in the hopes of seeing Patches the bottlenose dolphin.  I no sooner got home when I saw reports that Patches had been seen off Dana Point that day in Orange County.  It seemed for sure that Patches was where-ever I wasn’t. Today…

Update on Chief (the Humpback Whale)

I wrote on Tuesday that sometimes it’s good to look back, and described the behavior of a humpback whale we’d seen on a trip out of Newport.  That whale has officially been named Chief now (the name was chosen by the boat’s photographer and registered on HappyWhale.com) Today Newport whales posted this video showing the…

Sometimes it’s GOOD to look back

Today was one of those days.  I had a headache. Things were kinda slow at work, and I was back and forth on whether or not I wanted to get on the boat at the end of the day.  But I picked up my reserved ticket (there’s one spot held for a naturalist every day)…

Newport Blues

Since I’m teaching about marine mammals in Newport Beach now, I thought it’d be a good idea to go on a boat there and see what’s actually out there.  Davy’s Locker has a lot of boats going out, so I headed out on the 3:30 for a two hour trip.  They send boats out three…

Whale Watch: June 4, 2014

Today I was out on The Indian out of Redondo Beach, not as a naturalist, but as a paying customer, with one of my daughters’ best friend and her sister.  It’s not exactly a great time of year to see whales.  The grays have finished their migration, and although we’ve seen some blues, fins and…