August 20, 2010

Mystical Mysticetes

I know, you are probably wondering what in the world that word is and how it could possibly be pronounced. Well, both fall under the category of easy to explain. Mysticetes (MISS-ti-seats or MICE-ti-seats) are baleen whales that filter feed on small prey items. Of course, all baleen whales are...Read more

June 18, 2010

Inside a Whale's Stomach: Contents have 3.2 pound of human debris

Marine Biologist John Calambokidis showed a series of slides and some video and one listed what they found including "50 gallons of undigested contents, mostly algae but 3.2 lbs were "human debris, including plastic bag material, fabrics (including a leg of sweatpants), fishing line, golf ball,...Read more

June 4, 2009

Baleen Whales!!!

We watched a gray whale just offshore of Whidbey Island near the Naval Air Force Base. We watched as the whale would blow 3 to 6 times and then take a dive for a couple of minutes. Everyone loved the heart shaped spray that the exhale makes from gray whales. I really find it interesting that gray...Read more

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