Dr. Dean Grubbs shows off “Big as Life” Thank You for Fintastic Friday!!!

A six gill shark takes a selfie in the deep

A six gill shark takes a selfie in the deep

In October, our Director Ruth Musgrave was invited to visit elementary schools in Oregon City, Oregon to talk about sharks. She discovered the kids in Oregon City LOVE sharks as much as we do. The kids were inspired to celebrate Fintastic Friday early and send a “Big as Life” thank you to biologists helping sharks. If you follow the below you’ll see Dr. Dean Grubbs, Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, showing off his thank you!

Take a look! https://www.facebook.com/FSUCML

Thank you kids — and Dr. Grubbs and our friends at Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory! Together we can save sharks!

Don’t forget to mark your calendar, Fintastic Friday: Giving Sharks, Skates, and Rays a Voice is just months away.

Oh Baby! Gray Whale Calves Galore

Gray whale and calf swimming north.

Gray whale and calf swimming north.

In 2014, researchers counted 431 newborn gray whale calves. The story of the eastern gray whales, from endangered to thriving, is a beacon of hope for other conservation efforts.

Once nearly extinct, conservation efforts lead to the eastern Pacific gray whale population rebounding and its eventual removal from the endangered species list in 1994. Today, about 20,000 of these bus-sized beauties thrive along the Pacific Coast of North America. That’s a definite cause for celebration!

Join us in April to follow gray whale moms and newborn calves heading north to their feeding grounds.

WhaleTimes’  Gray Whales: Celebration of Conservation highlights the astounding success of the gray whale recovery and current research to monitor the gray whale population.

Teachers…enroll today! This program is free to schools, but has limited space. Find out more. Contact us at:  graywhales2015 this URL.


Creep into the Deep, we’ve got dates!

Year-round schools and Summer Camp Teachers….

Hurray! We’ve set the dates for Creep into the Deep, 2015.

We’ll be in the deep in July 16 to 25, 2015.

Find out more about Creep into the Deep, under the “Programs” banner.


Paper nautilus with passenger

Dr. Tammy Frank, aboard NOAA RV Pisces many miles off the coast of Rhode Island, is part of a science team surveying deep sea life. They brought up another paper nautilus, with the mama inside. Very cool! Thanks for sharing Dr. Frank.

Paper Nautilus with Cephalopod InsideLeptocephalus larvae NOAA RV Pisces Oct 2014 Copyright T Frank  WhaleTimes wblg

Transparent baby eel

More fun photos from Dr. Frank. The waves are still rocking and rolling, but they’re finding some cool critters like this eel larva. Leptocephalus larvae NOAA RV Pisces Oct 2014 Copyright T Frank  WhaleTimes wblg

Transparency is a common camouflage in the deep.  What better way is there to become invisible then to be see-through!

A rare find…

WhaleTimes Board Member Tamara Frank, PhD from Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center (Dania Beach, Florida) is out to sea and sharing her adventure with us.

A hurricane off the Atlantic coast has created some rough weather, but the science team aboard the NOAA RV Pisces has still had some success. The cruise is the deepwater biodiversity cruise off the Bear Seamount.

Paper nautilus shell brought up from deep

Paper nautilus shell brought up from deep

As they study populations in the deep, one of the trawls brought up a rarely seen paper nautilus with the shell in still intact. Beautiful! Little is known about this delicate cephalopod.

Thanks Tammy for sharing the photos.

more to come…

Celebrate Hagfish Day with bouquet of hagfish and more…

Hello Hagfish Day Fans!

We apologize for the paucity of Hagfish Day fun, animals and activities. As you may have read (if you went to the bottom of the first page) WhaleTimes was hacked at the end of September.

Since we had already planned to rebuild the site early next year, to celebrate our 20th anniversary (yea!), we chose to find the silver lining and decided to start rebuilding now.

At any rate, we still want you to celebrate the ‘beauty of ugly’ so here are some fun activities You must try making your own hagfish slime or perhaps make a gorgeous Hagfish Day Bouquet for a friend or even write a Hagfish Haiku, or make a Slime Time Crown and become Hagfish Day Royalty


enGrossed in Slime or It’s Not Funny Activity 
Slime Time Crown
Write Hagfish Haikus
Make a Hagfish Cootie Catcher (aka Fortune Tellers) and don’t forget to… Say it with a Hagfish Bouquet