26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and There She Blows!

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Corrina C
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Corrina C, Springs School, Seff, whales

Wow I can't believe you saw so many whales! I was wondering besides gray whales what other types of whales have you seen?

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Yes that was pretty neat! There were a bunch out there, and as much as it's nice to see them closer, we realize it's always better to not come too close, we don't want to bother them!  The observers have also seen several bowheads.  The other day i was up there and we saw walrus, and seals on another day.  It was pretty awesome. 
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nice to see you  today!
Lisa

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Nichole L
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Have you ever had a close encounter with a whale?

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When we were in Barrow (2012) we had a bowhead surface right next to the boat...unfortunately by the time I got up on deck all I saw was the swirling water around where he/she had dove back down.  But there was never any concern for safety.  A few days ago the whale observers saw two bowheads heading toward the ship so the ship took a big turn so they wouldn't get too close to them.  One of our first days there were gray whales far out on the horizon, a lot of them based on all the water blows we saw!
nice to see you today!
Lisa

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Michael M
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How long does it take on average for grey whales to finish their migration from the Arctic to Mexico?

Re: Michael M commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Great question Michael! For the answer I'm sending you to two websites
1) https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/graywhalemigration/
2) https://www.livescience.com/50487-western-gray-whale-migration.html
The answer to your question is in one of those links!

Let me know what you figure out!
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nice to see you today!
Lisa

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Anthony G
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Anthony G Springs School Seff Whales

how long is the migration of the whales.

Re: Anthony G commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Anthony! Depends on the whale!
Here's a link to a good article that can answer your question!  So just pick a whale type and you'll have a lot of whale migration options to choose from.
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Lisa

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Jaye D.
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Jaye D. Springs School. Seff. Safety of the animals.

Are there certain measures you have to take to avoid getting into a collision with whales and any other animals?

Re: Jaye D. commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Jaye-yes, ships are set up to avoid any marine mammals.  On our trip we have 3 marine mammal observers, who help the crew in the bridge keep an eye out.  If a ship doesn't have observers then crew are always standing watch.  If we see a whale the ship makes it a priority to avoid coming close to it.  We've actually turned quite a bit and gone pretty far off course to avoid even coming close.
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Lisa

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Sarah Morgan
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Sarah M Springs School, Seff, Whales

Hey Mrs. Seff I just wanted to know why whales blow water out of their blow holes? Do the whales blow water out to get other whales attention?

Sarah Morgan
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Sarah M Springs School, Seff, Whales

Hey Mrs. Seff I just wanted to know why whales blow water out of their blow holes. Do the whales blow water out to get other whales attention?

Re: Sarah Morgan commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns...

Hi Sarah-so a whale blow hole is like human nostrils! It's used to breath.  And they don't actually blow water out of them, what you're seeing is a mixture of condensation and mucus!
They shut it when their diving and it only opens up when they need to clear it and take a breath at the surface.
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safe seas!
Lisa

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Daniel P
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Daniel P Springs School O'Reilly

Dear Mrs. Seff, how much food do the grey whales need to eat to survive? Is there more food in the Arctic or is there more food in Mexico?

Kimberly b.
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Kimberly B, Springs School, Seff, Whales

How long can whales stay under water? and did the ship have to go through any precautions being that close to the whale and if there was what were they?

Re: Kimberly b. commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi.  The ships all bring observers, or have crew, that keep an eye out for whales all the time.  The ship will 
turn quite a lot to avoid even getting in the vicinity of a whale.
take care!
Lisa

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Nora C
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Nora C Springs School Seff Whales

how often do you see whales? When you do see them, how many of them are there?

Re: Nora C commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Nora-you know it's interesting but we've only seen whales a few times so far.  In fact we're wondering where the belugas are!  But then an observer airplane that works with Dr. Kate Stafford said they saw a bunch of belugas about 20 miles away.  The environment up here is really changing with the warming climate, so we're wondering if they're just finding dinner in a different place.  That first week we saw a bunch of gray whales, with their blows (exhales) of condensation and mucus making little puffs.  And the observers have seen some bowhead whales on two occasions.  So I've seen the grey whales, ribbon and bearded seals and walrus so far, plus lots of seabirds!  We've been catching lots of Arctic cod + krill + copepods, and every once in awhile we hit bottom and I get to see the benthic organisms that I just love to see!  

We also have one stowaway land bird on board the ship (it landed in Dr. Ashjian's hair the other day before it flew right by me in the lab!)  It was pretty funny.  It's now hanging out on different parts of the ships decks...I think it's probably looking forward to seeing land again!
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take care, 
Lisa

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James B.
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James B Springs School Seff movie

How long is the movie "The Big Miracle"

Re: James B. commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi James-I'm assuming it's between 1-2 hours.
See you soon!
Lisa

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Kaylynn C.
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Kaylynn C., Springs School Seff, Whales

I was wondering how many whales did you see? And did you see more than one type of whale?

Re: Kaylynn C. commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Kaylynn! I saw the gray whales + a walrus and a bunch of ringed and bearded seals.
Other people have also seen humpbacks and bowheads.
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Lisa

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Jake.K
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Hi Mrs. Seff
How often do you see whales?

Re: Jake.K commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Jake-I'd say we've seen whales on about half of the days we've been at sea.
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Lisa

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Mark D
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How long can the gray whales stay underwater for?

Re: Mark D commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Mark! Good question.
Gray whales can stay submerged for about 15 minutes before they need to surface to breath.
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take care,
Lisa

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Sandy O
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Sandy O Springs School Seff Port Whales

Hi Mrs. Seff I was just wondering how many whales did you see?

Re: Sandy O commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

Hi Sandy! I probably saw about 6 gray whales, 2 walrus and 20-30 bearded and ringed seals!
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take care,
and see you soon!
Lisa

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Rosa P.
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What is the largest amount of whales you've seen? What was the type of whale?

Re: Rosa P. commented on 26 August 2017 Cinnamon Buns and...

The most whales I saw was, I believe, about 6 gray whales.  They were far on the horizon but we could see their blows which was pretty awesome!
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take care and see you soon!
Lisa

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