Whale watching and mass predation

Why Evolution Is True

Here are just a few photos and videos of our whale-watching trip that left from Moss Landing, California, and took four hours. I was accompanied by UCSC ecologist/ornithologist Bruce Lyon, who also showed us on this trip peregrines and the elephant seals I wrote about previously. Bruce has contributed many photo series to this site.

We were in search of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), and I’ll let Wikipedia tell you about it:

One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.

Bruce has…

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