Baja California – Week 4 Report

The past week and a half produced both one of the most amazing gray whale encounters I have ever witnessed and an almost record number of hours on the Sea of Cortez for one week. The gray whale encounter lasted over one full hour and was witnessed by both GWC co-directors Gershon Cohen and Michael…
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Baja California – Week 3 Report

Great Whale Conservancy Co-Directors Mike Fishbach and Gershon Cohen recently spent some quality time with a few gray whale friends in Magdalena Bay, along the west coast of Baja Mexico. Mike was down south for his annual winter work project, taking photo ID’s of blue whales in the Sea of Cortez. When the wind kicked…
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Baja California – Week 2 Report

We now are really into our blue whale season.  3 calm days in a row produced close to 25 blue whale sightings.  Whale friends we have known for close to 20 years showed up, old blue whales that seem to greatly favor the winter waters around loreto.  We had two different breaching humpback whales, as…
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BAJA CALIFORNIA 2013 Update #1

Feb. 12 – Loreto  We have arrived for our 18th season here in Loreto.  After Loreto experienced  a very wet winter and very windy January we arrived on February 6th to a lovely calm and quite warm day.  Our first shock came at hiking up in our favorite wet canyon in the local mountains and…
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It’s Baja Time!

It is that time of year again.  Many great whales have made the long swim into the Sea of Cortez to spend the winter feeding on the rich swarms of krill and nursing their young calves in the protected waters of the Sea off Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The Great Whale Conservancy’s own Michael Fishbach…
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First Steps Proposed to Protect Blue Whales near San Francisco

For immediate release: July 16, 2012 Increased protections for blue whales along the coast of California are long overdue, and true protection remains a long way off, but initial, voluntary steps were proposed this week by NOAA with support from the Coast Guard, whale scientists, and the shipping industry. Blue whales are killed by ship…
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Who is killing Sri Lanka’s Blue whales?

Watch this amazing footage of free divers encountering blue and sperm whales in the waters off Sri Lanka. They also show how these whales are at risk to ship strikes. http://


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