Location – Identification – Observation

Since 1994 Michael Fishbach has been tracking, identifying, and observing blue, finback and humpback whales, primarily in the Sea of Cortez and the St. Lawrence River, sharing information from thousands of recorded sightings and hundreds of photo IDs with the scientific community. This information is invaluable for maintaining the northern hemisphere catalogues on these great…
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Mz Blue at the First Annual Big Blue Whale Bash

GWC co-Directors Michael Fishbach and Gershon Cohen attended the first annual Big Blue Whale Bash in Redondo Beach, California, on Sunday September 8th. The bash, which was sponsored by the Redondo Beach Marina and the Cabrillo Aquarium, was a big success and sure to be the first of many blue whale Bashes to come. Featured at…
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Mz Blue Makes a Splash on Earth Day

Hello Great Whale Conservancy supporters and fans of Mz Blue! Mz Blue, our 90-foot inflatable made her grand debut in Washington D.C. on Earth Day (April 22nd) and she made quite a splash.  A photo of Mz Blue covering nearly half a page was printed in the Washington Post the following day, along with an…
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Baja California – Week 6 Report

The 2013 season has just come to a close and a remarkable season it will go down in history as being.  Our last week saw the winds gone, hence our freedom to roam the sea whenever and wherever we chose delighted us.  We traveled far and wide and saw a lot in this week.  Far…
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Baja California – Week 5 Report

The season is now winding down with one week left.  Blue whales continue to steal the show, being present the whole season in good numbers.  Old friends such as White Eyes and Nubbin have spent over a full month here, being observed on many days. Dolphin shows have been exceptional. We’ve seen huge numbers of…
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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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