The Signs as Cetaceans

Aries Killer Whales: You don’t mess with them.

Taurus Bowhead Whales: Their dedication (or stubbornness) makes them capable of amazing things, even breaking through sea ice at least seven inches thick with their big heads.

Gemini Belugas: They can be very sociable and are known for their gift of the gab. They can pronounce a series of chirps, clicks, whistles and squeals, which may sound like nonsense to us, but to fellow belugas they convey deep and important messages.

Cancer Bryde’s Whales: While swimming they tend to suddenly change direction. For no apparent reason. A bit moody. They even have irregular breathing patterns.

Leo Spinner Dolphins: They have enough energy to jump up to 3 meters height and turn seven times on their axis before plunging again and then repeating the exercise about 13 more times. They are cool and they know it. They are not aggressive. Unless they don’t like you.

Virgo Pilot Whales: They are amazing, very clever, witty, and practical. Until they decide to just mass strand themselves on the beach.

Libra Humpback Whales: Very artistic, their songs are pretty nice. They love harmony, but won’t hesitate to fight for justice, getting in the way when Killer Whales attack other mammals. Depending on the point of view, this also makes them huge party poopers.

Scorpio Sperm Whales: The most famous of them is known for wreaking havoc on a ship. Giant squid and Colossal squid are very afraid of them. Enough said.

Sagittarius Fin Whales: Also known as “the greyhounds of the sea”, their open mind and philosophical views motivate them to roam the seas (at about 40 km/h, 24 mph) in search of the meaning of life.

Capricorn Blue Whales: Very strong, fearless and somewhat stoic, they may appear a bit cold on the outside, but they are actually very gentle beings.

Aquarius Bottlenose dolphins: Smart fellows, bitchy at times, but otherwise very friendly. They can form strong bonds which may last for life.

Pisces Cuvier’s beaked whales: Very wise, they dive deeper than anyone else, they have seen things no one else has seen. But this also means they are slightly out of touch with reality.

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Monterey Day 1 (May 4, 2017)

About 30 Humpback Whales congregated in 50 feet of water, lunge feeding on lots and lots of baitfish!

The bait was so thick, the ocean floor was barely visible on sonar. Multiple whales would come shooting out of the water all over the place. Just seeing one group of whales lunge feed is spectacular in and of itself, but seeing it happen all over the place for a long period of time was incredible! Harbor porpoises and lots of sea birds were in the mix too.

Viewed aboard the Blackfin at Monterey Bay Whale Watch. 

Did you know dolphins are actually toothed whales? 

All whales are generally divided into two groups, baleen whales and toothed whales, with the latter category including dolphins and porpoises. Common dolphins like this one can be spotted in several national marine sanctuaries, including Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where this one was photographed. 

What’s your favorite kind of dolphin?  

(Photo: Laura Howes)