Ask the Naturalist: Why do whales breach?

Seeing the body of a whale launch itself out of the water is one of the most awe-inspiring behaviors you can see on a whale watch! You see it on all the TV shows, you see it on all the brochures that advertise whale watching, but what’s the likelihood that you’ll actually see it on … Continue reading Ask the Naturalist: Why do whales breach?

How do you find whales on a whale watch?

Feature image: Naturalist Jon Brink, searching for whales (Photo: Jenna Schwerzmann) The whole purpose of a whale watch is to see whales, right? But, how do you find them?  The short answer: The best way to find whales is: To look for them!  It might sound obvious, but since whales are highly mobile and can … Continue reading How do you find whales on a whale watch?

How does Whale SENSE protect endangered species?

What does it mean to be endangered? In the 1960s, global whale populations weren’t looking so great. Humpback whales in the Central North Pacific numbered a mere 1,400, gray whales had completely disappeared in the North Atlantic and were on the brink of extinction in the North Pacific, and there were likely less than 100 … Continue reading How does Whale SENSE protect endangered species?

How are porpoises different from dolphins? (The 3 F’s)

Dolphins and porpoises can be easily confused at a glance. They are both small cetaceans and extremely intelligent. Each also have complex brains with a forehead called a melon. Using their melon, they can easily navigate using sonar (sound waves). However, you can use the 3 F's (Face, Fin, and Figure) to help you visually … Continue reading How are porpoises different from dolphins? (The 3 F’s)