CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 |
Reporting from the Channel Islands -- Natalie Senyk and Ben Waltenberger peered out the bubble-shaped windows of the small research plane flying 1,000 feet over the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and scanned the ocean surface for signs of life. On that bright, windy day earlier this month, the federal scientists were looking, in particular, for blow holes or the gigantic, gray outline of surfacing whales. Photos: Separating whales and ships The aerial survey is part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mission to learn more about the movement of whales and to devise ways to keep them away from the container ships, fishing vessels, barges and sailboats that have been colliding with them at a rate of six a year in California.
August 8, 2010 |
When it comes to long walks on warm, sandy beaches, Southern Californians are spoiled by our many choices. But how about strolling miles of tropical beach? Or sauntering across acres of sand dunes? Or traipsing miles of sandy coast with dramatic vistas and views of humpback whales? Or even dipping into local culture as you meander? Tropical breezes Amble along Sugar Beach on the southwest coast of Maui (from Maalaea east and south for four miles to the Koieie Loko Ia Fishpond)
April 25, 2010 |
A proposal to build a container port in a pristine bay on Colombia's coast frequented by humpback whales has raised an outcry among environmentalists who say the project would put the giant mammals at risk. Malaga Bay is one of the whales' primary northern stops on their long migratory journey from the Antarctic to as far as Costa Rica. The bay's relative isolation and natural conditions make it an appealing place for the animals to mate and give birth. As many as 1,000 humpbacks are believed to arrive there from June to August.
March 28, 2010 |
Swim with the humpback whales at Silver Bank, Dominican Republic. Observe whale behavior and snorkel with them during seven-day trips on a comfortable 18-passenger boat. Great adventure and educational too. Conscious Breath Adventures, P.O. Box 430343, Miami 33243; (305) 753-1732, http://www.consciousbreathadventures.com From about $3,000 per person -- Doris Schaffer, Fallbrook
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2010 |
Blue whales have changed their songs. It's the same old tune, but the pitch of the blues is mysteriously lower -- especially off the coast of California where, local researchers say, the whales' voices have dropped by more than half an octave since the 1960s. No one knows why. But one conjecture is that more baritone whales indicate healthier populations: The whales may be less shrill because they're less scarce and don't have to pipe up to be heard by neighbors. The discovery was accidental.
December 22, 2007 |
Giving in to worldwide criticism, Japan's government announced Friday that a whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt would not kill 50 rare humpback whales as originally planned. The fleet does plan to kill 935 minke whales, a smaller, more plentiful species, and 50 fin whales. Japan dispatched its whaling fleet last month to the ocean off Antarctica in the first major hunt to include humpback whales since the 1960s.