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September 17, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Just in time for the annual migration of California gray whales, La Paz, near the southern tip of Baja California, has beefed up its fleet of whale-watching tours. Seven outfitters are now available, including Fun-Azul Fleet , which kicked off new eco-tourism dive trips. An estimated 18,000 California gray whales, which spend the summer months in the Bering Sea, migrate south in the fall, ending up in the quiet lagoons of Baja California to spend the winter. The 12,000-mile round trip may be the longest migration of any mammal on Earth.
February 10, 2008
Re "Navy's sonar challenge is rejected," Feb. 5 A federal judge has not allowed President Bush to trump the Constitution by declaring there is an "emergency" that bypasses her decision to protect whales, and you bury this news with the obits? Any time people and whales prevail against this man's attempt to ignore the law is huge and deserves more attention. That you seem to consider it a small story concerns me. Wasn't the original story in the front section? Why is it no longer as important when Bush loses?
October 31, 1988
The outpouring of concern for the stranded whales in the Arctic was heartwarming. It shows that many people genuinely value wildlife. How wonderful it would be if our nation could tap this reservoir of compassion, concern and generosity by providing good prenatal care for all mothers and babies in our nation. There is something out of kilter when the richest and most powerful nation in the world consistently ranks highest in infant mortality among the industrialized nations. HELEN W. HARTLEY Pasadena
December 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Rescuers are trying to help dozens of pilot whales stranded on a beach in a remote area of the Everglades National Park in Florida. The whales, four of whom have already died, were first sighted about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near Highland Beach. By Wednesday morning at least four boats with 15 people were heading to the beach area where about 10 whales were on shore and more than two dozen whales were stuck in shallow water, park officials told reporters. “This area of the park is probably the most challenging for something like this.
October 31, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Peninsula Valdes nature reserve is a remote mix of mud flats, cliffs and stony beaches so rich in wildlife that UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site in 1999. In these waters off the east coast of Argentina, southern right whales thrive and orcas snack on sea lions and baby elephant seals.  Travel outfitter Adventure Life organizes five-day sea kayaking and camping trips that take travelers to see penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and, of course, whales -- up close. The trip starts and ends in Trelew, Argentina, and spends two nights camping at El 39, a beach where southern right whales are studied.
November 2, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Sometimes, even bucket-list trips go on sale. Travel company Antarctic Dream is offering half-off an 11-day trip to Antarctica in November and December that features close encounters with humpback whales, leopard seals and orcas on daily Zodiac raft excursions amid blue ice and glaciers. The small-ship expedition begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, then spends two days crossing Drake Passage each way. Stops include Cuverville Island, known as a rookery for Gentoo penguins; Aitcho Island; Neko Bay; Pleanu on Petermann Island; and Deception Island.
October 28, 2011 | By Cathrine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Sure, the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council is in the business of promoting its wonders to visitors through words and pictures, but even the most brilliant spin doctor couldn't have arranged the photo above. On Tuesday, during a photo assignment for the council on Monterey Bay, photographer Paul Schraub captured this photo of a couple of humpback whales spy hopping (whale lingo for coming out of the water vertically and checking out the surroundings) next to a kayaker.
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