I saw killer whales for the first time!

I’m thrilled to say that I had the chance to see killer whales this past Thursday. This was a first for me, I’ve never seen killer whales in the wild before and the entire experience blew me away. Before launching into what happened, I should explain that I’ve never understood people’s fascination with killer whales.… [read more]

Adelaide Port River dolphins: update on Wave

Now that we’ve concluded Billie the dolphin’s story, it’s time for a more detailed update on Wave (Billie’s tail walking predecessor). First a recap: I found out about Wave in April of 2010 from an email that was sent out to marine mammal experts and fans looking for information on dolphin skin conditions. Wave and… [read more]

Adelaide Port River dolphins: the rest of the story

Picking up where we left off in the last post…after five years of interacting with Sandy Sanford, a retired policeman, Billy the dolphin stops showing up for early morning swims with the racing horses in 1988. Here’s the conclusion to this fascinating story from Paul Huxtable: “Shortly after he [Billy the dolphin] went missing, a… [read more]

Adelaide Port River dolphins: starting from the beginning

The story of the Adelaide Port River dolphins is much more interesting than I ever imagined! To understand how Wave became such a famous tail walking dolphin, we have to revisit the year 1983 where it all started with a man, a dog, a horse and a dolphin named Billy. Paul Huxtable shared this amazing… [read more]

Introducing the Adelaide Port River dolphins

One of the wonderful things about having a website is the ability to connect with people from all over the world. Around Thanksgiving, I received an email from Debbie and Paul Huxtable, a couple who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Not only are they a couple, but they also happen to be a couple of… [read more]

Frustrating whale watching trip

My most recent whale watching trip on Saturday, October 8th was frustrating! The weather was amazing, but as the Voyager headed out from Redondo Beach, the first dolphin we saw had its tail tangled in fishing line. Right away we could tell something was up because the common dolphin was swimming alone and very erratically.… [read more]

Whale watching photos taken near Santa Barbara part 3

These are actually dolphin watching photos! We saw three types of dolphins during the all-day ACS whale watching trip: bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and Risso’s dolphins. We saw a huge pod of common dolphins that were having a blast. Many came over to the boat to do some bowriding, which is always fun to watch,… [read more]

List of dolphins

People really seem to be into lists. So I have decided to start posting lists of related species. This is going to be an ongoing project. This list features dolphins. There are two types of dolphins, those that live in the ocean and those that live in rivers and estuaries. Oceanic dolphins are all members… [read more]

List of toothed whales (includes whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Since I recently posted a list of baleen whales, I decided it was time to post a list of toothed whales. Toothed whales make up the scientific suborder Ondontoceti, which includes an impressive list of species. Similar to the baleen whales, every list out there is slightly different. The list compiled below is based on… [read more]