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).
  • Regina Guazzo of the U.S. Navy will talk about her work monitoring the gray whale migration off the coast of California. She did this study while working on a Ph.D. at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
    January 29, 2019
  • Sail the Antarctic Peninsula with scientists to watch whales in nutrient-rich waters amid unbelievable glacier-covered mountain scenery. Since the first explorers discovered this unknown continent, they’ve shared stories of incredible vistas and abundant mammals. This exciting expedition will combine Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris’ years of experience on the Antarctic Peninsula with a scientific focus on marine...
    February 16, 2019
  • Join us for a screening of “Scars” and learn more about Risso’s dolphins.
    February 26, 2019
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Gray Whale Census Update, Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 19 Jan. 2019 - message from our observers: one northbound and three southbound GRAY WHALES today! Our first whale, a juvenile, milled for over six hours - from 10:30 am until sunset. Sometimes it surfaced closer to us and other times closer to a nearby cove, many times coming up in the same place where we last saw it. This whale finally seemed to head north, and breached when it was over a mile away; it fluked before each long dive. Another whale came in just above the fence, so close that we heard its blows. Our whales fluked in three of four sightings. We also watched COMMON DOLPHIN, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN, and BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN.
Photo today: Census Sunset, by Census anchor Joyce Daniels.
Gray Whales to date (since 1 Dec):
Southbound: 137 (including 12 calves)
Northbound: 6
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