How are whales protected in the United States?

When you hear that whales are “protected”, what first comes to mind?  Of course, physical walls or barriers would never work for animals that spend their life in the wild and always on the move. Instead, laws to set these determine these boundaries.  Photo: Lilli Mack What are we protecting whales from?  The word, “protect” … Continue reading How are whales protected in the United States?

Ask the Naturalist: How long can a whale hold its breath?

As mammals, all whale species have to breathe air. This is good for whale watchers, because otherwise we’d hardly ever get to see these animals who spend the majority of their life underwater! It's these short moments at the surface of the water that we get to watch them! But, sometimes as quickly as they … Continue reading Ask the Naturalist: How long can a whale hold its breath?

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?

Bridging the gap: Whale SENSE Alaska goes to the far east coast (of the United States)

What could whale watching in the Atlantic have in common with Alaska? Suzie Teerlink and myself had never been whale watching off the east coast, but had heard the stories! Having started our careers working with marine mammals as whale watch naturalists in Alaska, we frequently had passengers on our whale watch eager to share … Continue reading Bridging the gap: Whale SENSE Alaska goes to the far east coast (of the United States)