Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Dire Wolves, IRL – Where the Game of Thrones Got Its Fearsome Dogs – Canis Dirus in The House

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

As seen in La Brea, Los Angeles. They’ve got hundreds and hundreds of tar-stained skulls up on a wall:

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And here’s a mama wolf on the right with a male on the left, complete with a wiener bone, no Viagra for me, TYVM:

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And feel free to call this place The La Brea Tar Pits, or The The Tar Tar Pits. It’s your right to do so.

Anyway, I thought direwolves were just made up – shows what I know…

Photos of Our Humpback Whale Season 2017: The Views that You Can Have from the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, August 7th, 2017

As preschool season begins, whale season ends, for me anyway. But I’ve heard reports from just a few days ago, so you might still be able to see some.

Sometimes you can be on the bridge and see absolutely nothing, even during the middle of an epic season like 2017. But other times, you could see many whales, perhaps a dozen and a half at one time, on both sides of the bridge.

I’ve never seen them “spyglassing” or breeching, but apparently others have from the GGB. Maybe next year for me.

From the west side sidewalk, South (aka PGE) Tower:

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And without the scribbling:

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You’d also see them near Alcatraz, Angel Island, Horseshoe Bay, and Crissy Field, in addition to the entire part of the Golden Gate on the west side of the bridge.

But the best view is when you’re looking down on them when they are very close to the towers.

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Otis, the Semi-Feral Cat

Monday, July 31st, 2017

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Or maybe Otis is just an especially rambunctious house cat what runs around the Jersey barriers of his ‘hood in the daytime, IDK.

Leaving you with hardcore feral cats I’ve seen in Frisco over the years:

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SoMA Costco Update: When Your Comfort Animal Needs Its Own Comfort Animal

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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My Two San Francisco Skunk Sightings: 1) Japanese Tea Garden, 2004; and 2) Mount Sutro, Yesterday

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

From back before the time our Japanese Tea Garden cut down its free hours by about 90% – this was at about 7:00 PM or so, in 2004:

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And here’s yesterday up in UCSF’s so-called cloud* forest:

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That shot was as I was leaving – it was the only time this critter looked at me. It was busy digging along a line. It looked like it was farming or something.

And here’s the other shot, with its hair akimbo, like Robert Smith of The Cure. This animal needs some product:

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It wasn’t threatening me or anything, it was just digging away.

(Of course, I’ve seen more coyotes, foxes and raccoons in Frisco. Skunks is rare.)

In closing, Disintegration is the best album ever.

*Not a forest and not a cloud forest. If you want to call it a stand of exotic trees in a sometimes foggy area, then we can agree. 

Fire Boat vs. Humpback: SFFD Slows and Stops to Avoid Striking a Whale Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, July 17th, 2017

This was yesterday:

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With the whale down again, the San Francisco Fire Department boat then puttered away.

We’ve had a lot of documented whale strikes lately, but this is the most care I’ve seen displayed by a boating crew.

Well-Trained Blue Jay, Golden Gate Park: Will Pose for Photos for Peanuts – Just Hold One Hand High in the Air

Friday, July 14th, 2017

As seen in the former Strybing Free Garden (which got replaced by the non-Strybing, non-free garden) in Golden Gate Park, back when it was still called Strybing Arboretum

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You’d hold up a peanut and then this Western Scrub Jay would fly over, grab the nuts, and then hang out on your hand for a few seconds, enough time for your friend to take a shot. What a lightweight animal, thought I.

(Or maybe it’s people what are the well-trained ones…)

It’s Inevitable that People Will Crash Into Whales on Kite Boards, Sail Boards and Boats – There’s No Whale Vision Zero

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge:

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So here’s the deal – you’ve got sail boarders going back and forth from Crissy Field to Horseshoe Cove at the same time you have humpback whales going up and down getting sardines.

This person knows that whales are in this area these days. If you see a whale going down, you can guess that it will pop up again in about the same area in about two minutes.

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So if there’s a collision, this isn’t necessarily running into whales on purpose, which seems to what’s worrying some in Frisco these days.

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Same thing for kite boarders

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This here is from Fort Point on a foggy evening:

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These sail boaters are more or less hanging out with the whales, going back and forth in a small area between Alcatraz and the GGB:

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They’re on their own whale watching tour:

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But I didn’t see any whale strikes on this day.

Now, back up to the bridge, this was the last time I was up there. This 40 foot sailboat had just tacked going upwind and then up comes a whale. The boat hit the whale but it was more of a glancing blow. The boaters weren’t aiming for the whale as they couldn’t even see it until after they hit it – it’s just something that happens.

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VisionZero is a governmental promise that nobody will ever get injured / killed in transportation accidents in San Francisco from 2024 to eternity. IMO it’s shameful to promote the idea that there’s any kind of chance of this actually occurring IRL – somehow the politics of the situation has people doing this, oh well.

But what about whales? If you want to live in a world without whales getting hit by watercraft, you’d need to ban watercraft from transiting the Golden Gate when the whales are around. That would be Vision Zer whale strikes, I don’t think that’s practical.

The whale above did fine. It floated about for a while and then went back to fishing.

So I don’t know. Let’s be careful out there, but these types of incidents are inevitable when you have so many whales about in the summertime…

Presidio Trust Puts Up Coyote Warning Signs for Good Reason – But Professional Dog Walkers Ignore the Signs for NO GOOD REASON

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Here’s our Presidio on coyotes.

And here’s the signage on the Bay Area Ridge Trail:

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And here are the dog walkers upon the Bay Area Ridge Trail:

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Just saying…

Only in Marin: Rudolph Hazard

Monday, July 10th, 2017

As seen, as the deer flies, less than a mile away from our Golden Gate Bridge:

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