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Blue whales invade the bay: Ocean royalty comes for the krill, has company - Santa Cruz Sentinel


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100 blue whales in Monterey Bay right now. Plus some basking sharks and humpbacks. There are about 2000 blue whales in the northeast Pacific, making this group about 2% of this corner of the huge ocean.

A video from KTVU, the Fox affiliate covering the San Francisco Bay area:

http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/monterey-bay-blue-whales-congregate-off-coast-for/vcfjj/

Number of animals sighted by one of the whale watching companies in Monterey:

http://www.montereybaywhalewatch.com/slstcurr.htm

950 dolphins spotted yesterday. 12 blue whales. 40 humpbacks.

Is it normal for that many dolphins, blue whales, and humpbacks to swim together?

Sorry, I have to share these:

Dave, nice.

Apparently whales and dolphins do sometimes play together, according to the American Museum of Natural History's science newsletter:

Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction. In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins "rode" the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins out of the water, and then the dolphins slid back in. The two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress. Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this is extremely rare between species. These are the first recorded examples of this type of behavior.

I'm just happy to hear that not all dolphins are a-holes.

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