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]

Ask an expert about wildlife photography

Taking photos of wildlife is easy, but taking good photos is tough, and taking that one in a million shot is close to impossible. When I say one in a million, I’m thinking of the Pacific Life Foundation ads featuring a humpback whale breaching, the water line perfectly straight, a mountain in the background with… [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]

Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Another World Oceans Day has come and gone. (It was yesterday, June 8th, in case you missed it!) And I can’t stop thinking about an article I read yesterday titled “Goodbye Holocene, hello Anthropocene.” The article discusses how humans have managed to make such an impressively destructive impact on planet earth that we are transitioning… [read more]

Introducing wildlife photographer Michael Daniel Ho

I’ve been pondering ways to expand the topics and interests covered on Ocean Wild Things and one of the best ways to do so is bring other people’s ideas and expertise into the mix. Wildlife photographer Michael Daniel Ho has agreed to be one of those people! I met Michael through our common interest: whale… [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]