See grey whale migration in California, USA


This video is called Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures “Gray Whale”.

From eNature in the USA:

It’s Whale Migration Time

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay area, put the cable cars and Golden Gate Bridge on hold for a day.

Get up to Point Reyes National Seashore now — that’s where the action is!

Point Reyes peninsula, just 25 miles north of San Francisco, juts out farther into the Pacific Ocean than any land for hundreds of miles to the north or south.

When you stand in the shadow of the lighthouse at the end of Point Reyes, you are essentially miles out in the ocean, and that is why this is the quintessential place to see Gray Whales on their migrations.

January is the peak time to see the whales moving southward; during March and April, on their return northward, the whales come closer to shore and may sometimes be seen in the surf. …

While the whale migration is happening at sea, Northern Elephant Seals are taking over the beach.

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  1. Seven beached pilot whales die on Galapagos Islands; five returned to sea

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) – Seven pilot whales that came ashore on the Galapagos Islands died Sunday, despite the efforts of rescuers who dug makeshift pools in the sand to keep them from dehydrating. Five other whales in the group were returned to the ocean.

    The whales, which are three to nine metres long, came ashore late Saturday near the southern town of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island, the largest of the Galapagos, said Rosa Leon, a spokeswoman for the Galapagos National Park.

    “We succeeded in moving five whales into the open sea, three miles (about 5 km) from the shore, which we expect will keep them from returning,” she said.

    The Galapagos Islands, 1005 kilometres off Ecuador’s coast, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979 for their exotic flora and fauna, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.

    A study of finches on the islands inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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  2. GUEST COLUMN: Burrowing owls stand small in den of iniquity

    By Scott Artis

    Posted: 09/16/2009 02:37:37 PM PDT

    THE HOUSING BUBBLE cataclysm was not completely fraught with foreclosures as one local community continued to fill prime real estate and thrive. Once poised to complete a burgeoning Antioch neighborhood, the land had undergone an urban makeover. It was meticulously prepped to deliver water and electricity to future houses, and dressed with streets, sidewalks and lamp posts. But with building at a standstill and a protective chain link fence border, the semi-undeveloped acreage was a perfect opportunity for burrowing owls, a California Species of Special Concern, to reclaim what had been considered habitat surely lost.

    The streetlights and signs were transformed into lookout posts, sidewalks and retaining blocks served as unbreakable burrow walls, and the paved roads were free and clear of all traffic; perfect for an evening feathered stroll. And the lack of development and an unusual bout of urban privacy over the last two years signaled a wildlife resurgence as the burrowing owls were joined by coyotes, rabbits, ground squirrels, hawks, kestrels, etc.

    In a rather dreary economic mess, a bright light had emerged in the form of a pseudo-wildlife refuge with a handful of owls taking center stage. That was until the fence, so often the culprit in habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss, vanished. As the property exchanged hands from one builder to another, the once-protected habitat was now open to the public and the burrowing owls that stood watch in the middle of the streets were now dodging cars, off-roading vehicles and piles of garbage.

    Unfortunately, the wildlife was not the only one attracted to the paved unoccupied land. Apparently the partially darkened streets and neighborless lots are drawing an assortment of illicit activities. Drug deals, illegal dumping, graffiti, alcohol, sex, fireworks, street racing, off-roading and all the other usual suspects are infiltrating this area because of its remoteness and protection from prying eyes. The word has obviously gotten out that the partially functioning streetlights provide the perfect opportunity to conduct oneself inappropriately under the shadows of the night in an otherwise new and clean neighborhood.

    In addition, the removal of the fence has caused a sharp decline in the wildlife activity. But among the gang signs, discarded refrigerators, broken water heaters, shattered glass and squealing tires, the 2009 burrowing owl breeding season was a success. Perhaps committed to already prepared nests, the multiple pairs of owls managed to rear as many as eight owlets each and lend support to an ailing California population. And as the weeks of August pass into history, the owls appear to be doing the same. This once-impressive parliament of burrowing owls is thinning and with tire tracks adjacent to once-occupied dens, burrows filled in with dirt and rock, and a constant flow of questionable traffic, who’s to blame them for moving away.

    Ultimately, the presence of the owls will not be decided by the dealers, the taggers or the dumpers; it will be decided by the developer. Only time will tell if the owls decide to stay, and only time will tell how long they have before their burrows are permanently replaced by homes.

    Scott Artis is a resident of Antioch.

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