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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Tour boats were buzzing with activity Thursday as sightseers spotted dozens of killer whales cruising the Southern California coast. Whale-watching vessels reported seeing 20 to 40 of the marine mammals, also known as orcas, swimming up the coast from Dana Point to Long Beach. It's not uncommon for killer whales to roam Southern California waters in search of sea lions and other prey, according to the experts who track and identify them. Seeing them in such numbers, however, is unusual.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
A well-known marine biologist and whale-watching tour operator has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly feeding killer whales in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in violation of federal wildlife provisions. Nancy Black, owner and operator of Monterey Bay Whale Watch, was indicted in San Jose federal court Wednesday and charged with violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which bars harming, harassing, feeding and otherwise interfering with marine mammals, including dolphins, sea lions and whales.
NEWS
January 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Gray whales have been turning up early and in record numbers as they migrate south along the Southern California coast heading to Baja, so don't let this be the season you miss the boat. Tony Barboza reports in this L.A. Times story : "Whale spotters stationed at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have logged a record 163 sightings so far [in] December, more than they have seen at this point in 28 years. " Check out these whale-watching places to see the migration firsthand: Point Vicente Interpretive Center , 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes; (310)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Gray whales cruise through Southern California waters every winter, but this month the migratory giants have shown up so early and in such numbers that they are astounding many longtime observers. Whale spotters stationed at Point Vicente in Rancho Palos Verdes have logged a record 163 sightings so far this December, more than they have seen at this point in 28 years. Although the gray whale-watching season doesn't typically start until the end of December, the unprecedented number of early arrivals is delighting tourists, boaters and divers as the animals travel south along the coast to Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Spend enough time on a boat in Southern California and you'll see your fill of sea lions, dolphins and even the occasional whale. But a group of whale watchers this week were treated to a less common sight, crossing paths with a sea otter off the coast of Laguna Beach. The Dana Pride was on a whale-watching excursion Monday afternoon when the crew spotted one of the furry marine mammals lingering just outside some kelp a quarter-mile offshore. "His head came up and they said, 'Wow, that's a sea otter' and it just came up and watched our boat," said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Great Canadian Travel Co.'s six-day "Churchill Beluga Whale Tour" takes travelers to observe migrating belugas at the mouth of Canada 's far-north Churchill River. Other highlights include a "tundra buggy" excursion to see other wildlife and town tours. Itinerary: Winnipeg, Canada, to Churchill and back Dates: Departures every Saturday from July 2 to Aug. 13 Price: About $1,900, double occupancy (single supplement about $600), including hotel accommodations, airfare between Winnipeg and Churchill, an airport transfer in Churchill and all sightseeing and boat tours.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
"Devolved" is a wan spoof of TV's "Lost" and "Survivor" as seen through the prism of high school dynamics. Writer-director John Cregan covers the basics of character, situation and theme here but never finds his comic footing, resulting in a debut feature that's more tired than inspired. After a whale-watching expedition goes bad, a group of San Diego high school seniors becomes shipwrecked on a desert island off the coast of Mexico, where the popular kids face off against the "unpopulars" in a battle for supremacy.
TRAVEL
May 2, 2010 | By Mary Forgione
Call it the shoulder season for whale watching. At this time of year, gray whales vanish from the California coast and start arriving in Alaska, and humpback and blue whales begin moving into Monterey Bay, making it prime spot for spotting the giants. The deal: Casa Munras Hotel & Spa is a historic hotel in Old Town Monterey whose "Whale of a Good Time" package for two starts at $183 a night (not including tax) and includes a room with one queen-size bed, free Wi-Fi access and use of a heated swimming pool and fitness area and two adult tickets for a whale-watching tour.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2010
California State Park Rangers lead 2 1/2 -hour boat trips into the Pacific on a search for gray whales at Malibu Pier Whale Watching Excursions . The noble creatures are in the midst of their annual trip between Mexico and the northern Arctic seas. You could also catch a glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and other marine life. Malibu Pier, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $30-$45. (310) 456-8031. www.malibupier.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2008 | Pete Thomas
It's a bizarre yet wondrous sight: a 40-foot humpback whale holding position only a few feet beside a 75-foot catamaran. The whale's radiant white pectoral fins are spread like wings. Its massive body rolls gently as this great leviathan casts a curious glance toward its gawking admirers. It's one of two "friendlies" providing passengers aboard the Condor Express with encounters so close they can hardly believe their eyes. "I would do this every day, in a heartbeat, if I could afford it," says Ginny Harris, a tourist from Morehead City, N.C. "I live on the East Coast and we have dolphins, but I have never seen whales -- and certainly nothing like this."
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