Baja Blog 2014 – Weeks 4 & 5

Due to a slight case of fatigue I took last Sunday off and am combining weeks 4 and 5 into one blog. And what a blog it will be! The two weeks began with a dramatic drop in blue whale numbers as the krill all but disappeared and signs of squid began to show up. Humpback…
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Baja Blog 2014 – Week 3

Week 3 began with yours truly heading up to LA to film a clip or two with the Oceanic Preservation Society for their new upcoming theatrical documentary on the 6th extinction. A great and short experience. After heading back to Baja the next day we began right where we left off. Smack in the middle of…
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Baja Blog 2014 – Week 2

Week # 2 offered up a staggering number of whales.  The totals for this time of the year far surpass anything we have seen in our 19 years of plying these waters.  Huge numbers of humpbacks allowed us to identify more in one day (9) than we have ever identified in an entire season previously (8). …
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The 2014 Baja Season Begins in Style

Our 19th Baja season began on Feb. 10th.  It was a fine day with a very solid number of blue whales sighted right off the bat. Amazing but true is the now infamous individual called White Eyes was the very first whale we spotted.  After a day on the water in which we saw 12…
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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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