September 7, 2015 9 Comments
Recently we visited southern California. We wanted to see blue whales – the largest creature to ever live on Earth! Blue whales are bigger than the largest dinosaur. They can reach up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 200 tons. Their heart is the size of a small car, and their largest blood vessel (the aorta) is large enough for a person to crawl through. Blue whales eat 2-4 tons of tiny shrimp-like krill per day during feeding season. They are the loudest animal on the planet – their songs can be heard over 1,000 miles away! Baby blue whales weigh 2-3 tons at birth, and gain 200 pounds per day for the first year. Their life span is 80-110 years.
Blue whales are endangered – only 10,000-25,000 remain. The California coast in summer has the highest concentration of blue whales in the world. Best places to see them are the Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, and the Farallon Islands off San Francisco. We went on a whale watching tour with Captain Dave at Dana Point (his Dolphin Safari whale watching tours are the best, and he is a leader in whale rescues). We were thrilled to see two blue whales! Awesome! Included below is a 28-second timelapse video of the Dana Point Marina at Dusk. A previous post about Captain Dave’s Whale Watching Tours is at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/southern-california-best-whale-and-dolphin-watching-at-dana-point/