As orcas, humpbacks, and gray whales congregate in the South Bay, a local biologist witnesses the rarest of sights — a newly born baby whale and mother just off the PV coast If he had kept to his plans, Eric Martin would have been sitting in a doctor’s office with his mother, thumbing through magazines […]
Setting out from the Midwest as teenagers, Bob Meistrell and his twin brother, Bill – with whom he’d created a dive helmet out of bucket and a hose as 13-year-olds in a muddy Missouri pond – arrived in California with dreams of becoming submariners and finding sunken treasures. They achieved both dreams, revolutionizing beach culture […]
As more people come into contact with the largest animals on Earth, problems ensue.
Mark Racunas filmed a whale breaching the surface of the water Jan. 19 about a half-mile off the shores of Redondo Beach.
Veteran naturalists and a handful of rookies braved biting wind and choppy seas last week to officially kick off whalewatching season. A group of nearly 100 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium volunteers, many of them wearing red jackets plastered with patches proving their worth as whalewatchers, boarded Voyager in the Redondo Beach Marina last Wednesday. They had […]
A gray whale that was rescued off the coast of Manhattan Beach three weeks ago was found dead four hundred yards off shore in San Pedro last week. Peter Wallerstein, director of Marine Animal Rescue, said that he was saddened about the death of the 20-foot whale, which he helped detangle from a rope line […]
It began with a search for an injured sea lion and ended in a whale rescue. Peter Wallerstein, director of Marine Animal Rescue, was searching for a sea lion with a wound from a gill net Thursday when Baywatch Redondo called about a whale with a rope line trailing from its fluke. When he and […]
The call came in shortly before 10 a.m. on Jan. 4. “Orcas, orcas! We’ve got orcas!” the whale census counter at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center yelled into the phone. “And there’s a gray whale coming in too and it looks like they are on a collision path!”
Forty-eight years ago Charles ‘Flip’ Nicklin’s father Chuck rode a whale. His family owned a dive shop in San Diego and during a routine dive while he was searching for lobster for dinner with some friends they came across something much bigger. They spotted a whale and approached it in a small boat. As they […]
It seems the whales are not through exploring Redondo Beach for the summer. Clark McNulty submitted this photo his friend Brent Meyer shot of his boat over the weekend off the coast of Palos Verdes near the Redondo Canyon. “The Blue Whales were out feeding like I have neve seen in my 30+ years of boating in these waters,” said […]
Kayaker creates Internet sensation, filming whales up close and underwater off Redondo’s King Harbor
Garden Grove resident Rick Coleman captured a video of a blue whale from his kayak, and from underwater recently while paddling off of Palos Verdes with his wife Susan. The video has become a Youtube sensation capturing almost 1,000,000 views in just 14 days. “We got lucky and got a couple shots of whales cooperating […]
Garden Grove resident Rick Coleman captured a video of a blue whale from his kayak, and from underwater recently while paddling off of Palos Verdes with his wife Susan. The video has become a Youtube sensation capturing almost 1,000,000 views in just 14 days. “We got lucky and got a couple shots of whales cooperating and […]
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“They’re coming in fast,” Captain Brad Sawyer recently shouted to his crew. “Their speed is a good 10-15 knots, and we only go 8!” For the second year in a row, the biggest mammals in the world, the blue whales, were moving through Redondo Canyon in search of krill, a type of crustacean and one […]
Voyager skipper Brad Sawyer was just pulling out of his vessel’s slip with a full load of 144 school kids Saturday afternoon when he received an ecstatic call. Some very rare visitors had shown up nearby – a pod of Orcas, or killer whales, had just been spotted only a half mile outside of King […]