Gayle Anderson was live in Long Beach with representatives of the Aquarium of the Pacific and Harbor Breeze Cruises as they invite the public to set sail for Blue and Fin Whale Watching off the shores of Long Beach aboard the La Espada, Harbor Breeze Cruises’ new whale watching boat.
Blue Whales are the largest animals on the planet, measuring between 82 and 105 feet and weighing up to 200 tons. According to National Geographic, their tongues can weigh as much as an elephant. Blue Whales are carnivores, mainly subsisting on tiny shrimplike animals called krill, which they can consume in the tons each day. Known as graceful swimmers, blue whales travel at more than 5 miles an hour, but can accelerate to more than 20 miles an hour when agitated. They are among the loudest animals in the world and can hear each other up to 1,000 miles away. The average lifespan of Blue Whales is estimated at around 80 to 90 years. A baby Blue Whale spends about a year inside its mother’s womb and weighs up to 3 tons when born.
According to National Geographic, between 10,000 and 25,000 Blue Whales are believed to be in existence. They are classified as endangered on the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List. Between 1900 and the mid-1960s, some 360,000 Blue Whales were slaughtered by whalers seeking whale oil. They finally came under protection with the 1966 International Whaling Commission.
According to the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, Fin Whales are the second largest species of whale, measuring 75 to 85 feet. They are slimmer than Blue Whales. Adults can weigh between 80,000 and 160,000 pounds. Fin Whales have a streamlined body and a V-shaped head and are black or dark brownish-gray and pale or white undersides. They are large, fast swimmers who feed on krill and squid in the summer and fast in the winter while they migrate to warmer waters. Like Blue Whales, Fin Whales can live for 80 to 90 years.
Something for the Summer: Blue & Fin Whale Watching
Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way, Dock #2
Long Beach, CA 90802
Something for the Summer: Blue & Fin Whale Exhibitions
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com