Connect with Whales

The American Cetacean Society has been dedicated to protecting cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and their habitat since 1967. We achieve these goals through public education, research grants and conservation action.
Welcome to the Los Angeles Chapter.

Monthly Lecture Series

The talk is free and open to the public, held at 7:30 PM the last Tuesday of the month August through June (except July & December) in the John M Olguin Auditorium at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Citizen Science
Gray Whale Census

This gray whale census has operated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula since 1984. Trained volunteers spot and track Pacific gray whales on their annual migration, recording counts and behaviors.

Be a Naturalist
Whalewatch Training

Along with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, ACS-LA trains docents to accompany whalewatch trips to educate the public about the whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures that live off our coast.

Come to our free lectures at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. We meet from 7:30-9:00 pm the last Tuesday of each month August through June (no meeting July & December).
  • Members and supports share short presentations of their recent visits to the lagoons of Baja. Get ready to learn, laugh and prepare for your trip.
    March 26, 2019
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Sperm whale hunts squid: filmed for the first time, part 2 (Dec 2017). Sperm Whale Cam footage reveals never-before-seen feeding behavior, 3,000 feet under the sea. A team from Florida International University deployed several high-tech cameras on sperm whales - allowing us to experience this amazing behavior of the planet's largest predator.Amazing Sperm Whale Cam footage reveals never-before-seen feeding behavior - 1000 meter below. Could it be the Giant Squid? A team from Florida International... ... See MoreSee Less

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Sperm whale hunting squid: first time ever filmed (part 1). Researchers use suction cups to attach a special camera to this female sperm whale, then witness her dive down 3000 feet and echolocate with intense clicking, as she successfully hunts down a squid. Researchers Dr. Shane Gero and Patrick Dykstra explain what they are seeing.For decades, scientists and filmmakers have been trying to capture footage of the world’s largest active predator hunting 3,000 feet below the surface, deep ... ... See MoreSee Less

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