What animals see in Newport Beach and some facts about them:

Blue whales: Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile.

Fin whales: The fin whale is the second largest animal in the world, and that is no small accomplishment. You have likely heard them called the razorback which is a common nickname. This is due to the grooves and plates that design their bodies. They are more than 65 feet in length and believed to weigh about 73 tons. There has never been a successful weigh in of these mammals so that is just an estimate. You will notice that the Fin Whale features a dorsal fin and flippers. It also has a wide tail with a notch at the center of it. The Fin Whale is very symmetrical which is a characteristic that you won’t often find among whales.

Minke Whales: he minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata/bonaerensis) is part of the baleen whale suborder and belongs to the group known as Cetacea which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. They are the second smallest of the baleenwhales next to the pygmy right whale.

Gray whales: The gray whale is a large marine mammal that is part of the  baleen whale suborder and belongs to the cetacean family which also includes dolphins and porpoises. During the whaling industry, which occurred between the 17th – 20th centuries the gray whale was hunted largely for its oil until the point of near became extinction.Fortunately with the aid of organizations and the government marine mammals such as the gray whale are now a protected species and hunting them is considered illegal. Today their numbers have grown and it is estimated that there are at least 20,000 gray whales currently in existence since the end of the commercial whaling era.

Humpback whales: The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpbackhas a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head.

Common Dolphin: Common dolphins are colorful, with a complex crisscross or hourglass color pattern on the side; the long-beaked common dolphin being more muted in color. When looking at the profile of the two common dolphin species, the short-beaked common dolphin has a more rounded melon that meets the beak at a sharp angle, as compared to the long-beaked common dolphin that has a flatter melon that meets the beak at a more gradual angle.

Pacific white sided dolphin: Pacific white-sided dolphins are so named because of the white coloration on their sides and underneath. The Pacific White-sided Dolphin has a short, rounded, thick beak containing 23 to 32 small, rounded slightly curved teeth in each side of the upper and lower jaws. The Pacific white-sided dolphin is attractively marked with gray, black and white. Its back is dark gray and its sides are light gray with thin, white stripes that extend from above the eye along the sides, widening towards the tail; its belly is white. It has a black beak and lips and a black ring around each eye.

Bottlenose dolphin: Like the name “bottlenose” suggests, this species of dolphin has a short, stubby beak. Its sleek, conical body varies in color from a light to slate grey on the upper body to a pale to pinkish grey on the bottom part. Bottlenose dolphins measure around 2-4 m (6-12 ft.) long and weigh 135-650 kg (300 – 1400 lbs.). Males are significantly larger than females.

Risso Dolphin: The square design of the head is one of the telling signs of the Risso’s Dolphin. They have a long dorsal fin as well as flippers that are recurved and pointed but also elongated. The body is stocky but it tapers as it moves from the front to the back of the body. They can be from 8 ½ to 13 feet long. They can also weigh as much as 880 pounds. You will find this dolphin out there in a variety of colors. When the young are born, they are gray or brown in color with white areas. They may have yellow around the muzzle and white around the flippers. As the calves get older, they start to turn silver in color and then to a dark black color. They may keep their patches of white though as they mature. However, as they get to the age of maturity, they will get lighter around the flanks, abdominal area, and the head.

Orca (Killer Whales) : Orcas hunt everything from fish to walruses—seals, sea lions, penguins, squid, sea turtles, sharks, and even other kinds of whales. Depending on the season and where they are, their diet varies—some orcas eat more fishes and squid than seals and penguins. But wherever they are in any of the world's oceans, average-sized orcas may eat about 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of food a day. Orcas have many hunting techniques, and bumping seals off ice is just one of them.

 

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