Always ask naturalists questions

Humpback whale from wiki

Some friends went on a cruise to Alaska and were excited to tell me about all the ocean wildlife they saw and all the interesting facts they learned. In particular, they were very eager to discuss whale evolution. My friend exclaimed, “We learned from the naturalist on board that whales descended from kangaroos!” My reaction,… [read more]

A video of the Port River dolphins

I received an email from Paul and Debbie Huxtable, two Australian wildlife photographers who have generously shared photos and information in the past about the Port River dolphins. They’ve been very busy developing a music video about the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary to raise awareness of the plight of this special pod of dolphins. There are… [read more]

Gray whales are heading north!

California sea lion

Yesterday, the volunteers at the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project had a whale of a day so to speak. They spotted 27 gray whales headed north! But that’s not all, they also saw tons of other wildlife doing all sorts of interesting things. Here’s a quick recap: Bottlenose dolphins playing with one of… [read more]

Orange sky and black birds

Orange sky and black birds

Last Thursday, I finally went whale watching again! It felt like ages since my last trip. Unfortunately, the whales didn’t show, but that’s to be expected since it’s not really whale watching season in Southern California at the moment. A pod of common dolphins did grace us with their presence and approached the boat for… [read more]

Common dolphin rocket

Common dolphin rocket

As I was searching through all my photos looking for a particular bird, I came across this common dolphin. Since this is the photo I took just before my favorite dolphin shot ever, I forgot about it. Then I saw it today and thought, that’s a dolphin rocket! Doesn’t it look like the dolphin is… [read more]

Share if you love dolphins

Today I received a Facebook request from Paul Huxtable (the expert wildlife and dolphin photographer based in Adelaide, South Australia) asking that I post this video on my website. Once I saw the title, I couldn’t not share it, I mean I love dolphins. The video was put together to raise awareness of the dolphin… [read more]

Risso’s dolphin: death by plastic bags

Photo credit: Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute / A. Frantzis

Here is another photo featuring plastic bags from a stomach, this time from the stomach of a Risso’s dolphin. Dr. Alexandros Frantzis, Scientific Director at the Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute in Greece sent me this photo and provided this explanation: “The photo shows the large quantity and size (the meter-tape used as scale is 2… [read more]

Great footage of Billie the Port River dolphin

During December of last year, I wrote several posts about the Adelaide Port River dolphins featuring amazing photos and information from Paul and Debbie Huxtable, a pair of fabulous wildlife photographers who live in Adelaide, South Australia and post many great photos on their Adelaide Port River dolphins website. This week I received an email… [read more]

Getting inside the dream just for fun

Dolphin on patrol

It just so happens that I’m taking a writing class to expand my skills and increase my creative repertoire. For class last night, my homework was to write the same story from three different points of view. I had no idea what to write at first and then I started thinking about that crazy dream… [read more]