In the greater Los Angeles area, one of the highlights for many both and locals alike is Newport Beach, a famous stunner of a coastal city. Many know it best for it’s gorgeous, boat-filled harbor. One of the largest marine protected parks lies just outside of Newport Bay, and there, whales and dolphins of all different kinds can be seen by boat as soon as you leave the bay. Newport’s coast has some of the best whale watching in all of California.
Experts estimate there are more than 1,600 blue whales who feed along the California coast, making it the largest concentration of blue whales anywhere in the world!Newport Whales
The four girls from Adventure Family Journal LOVED our whale watching tour, and seeing a blue whale up close and personal was just breathtaking. Here are five things we learned on our whale watching tour with Newport Landing Whales.
Scientists believe there are between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales worldwide today, and they have been found in every ocean of the world!
Blue whales might swim individually or in small groups, and it is common to see pairs together.
From cetology, the branch of science that studies of whales, dolphins and porpoises, we learn that a blowhole is the hole at the top of the head and the whale breathes air through it. When whales reach the water surface to breathe, they blow air forcefully through the blowhole, which is the easiest way to spot a whale.
Whales are the largest animal on the planet and blue whales can be more than 100 feet in length and weigh over 100 tons! If you can imagine the size of the last Boeing 737 jet you flew on, you’ll have an idea of about how big a blue whale is.
Blue whales eat tiny crustaceans, called krill, and that’s it! They have a way of straining the water that they take into their huge mouths while retaining the krill at the same time, which is amazing because about 50 tons of water can fit in a blue whale’s mouth. But it’s important because each blue whale needs to eat 8,000 pounds of krill per day, about 40 million of them!
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