Gray whale inspiration for New Year’s resolutions

Gray whale in lagoons

Gray whales migrate past Southern California every year and of course 2014 is no exception. In fact, gray whale sightings recorded by the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project during December were the highest in 30 years! On January 14th they spotted 37 gray whales in one day. If one of your New Year’s… [read more]

Journey to the Arabian Seas with National Geographic

1. Mandatory photo credit: ©Thomas P. Peschak/National Geographic2. Show the March cover of National Geographic (credit: National Geographic)3. Provide a prominent link to: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/arabian-seas/peschak-photography4. Mention that the photo is "in the March 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands February 28."Rarely visited, the reefs off Saudi Arabia in the northern Red Sea are some of the most undisturbed in the region. Sunlight penetrates deep into the clear waters, enabling lush gardens of corals to flourish along these wave-washed coasts.

There is one magazine that stands above the rest when it comes to stellar science writing, fascinating story telling and amazing photography: National Geographic. Reading National Geographic magazine is a portal into another world, a way to experience places you might never have the chance to visit, and a way to learn about people past… [read more]

Humpback whale: the ocean’s motivational leapers

If you have been feeling down or have lost touch with the fun side of life, then it’s time to purchase a ticket to see the famous motivational speakers, I mean the famous motivational leapers…humpback whales. The ocean’s merriment masters, thrill seekers and acrobatic all-stars. Humpback whales or Megaptera novaeangliae are easy to spot with… [read more]

Biogeography: what in the world?

Biogeography is the study of geographical distributions of living things and how they came to live where they are. To figure this out, biogeographers look at an animal’s habitat, behavior, evolution, habits and any other clues that might help in solving the puzzle. For marine mammals this is an interesting question. The ocean doesn’t restrict… [read more]

Gray Whales: on the road again

Imagine doing a major road trip for 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Now imagine making that trip 11 months pregnant. Now imagine making the return trip of 5,000 to 7,000 miles just three months after arriving and giving birth. Now imagine doing these two major road trips every year of your life until the day you… [read more]