Posts Tagged ‘dolphin’

Remembering “Golden Guardian 2010″ – A Terrorism Drill in SF Featuring Military Dolphins and Sea Lions – Amazing

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Back in the day, we had military drills in San Francisco featuring marine mammals, like “Golden Guardian 2010,” for instance.

I remember as if it were yesterday…

Golden Guardian 2010 will be the sixth Full Scale Exercise (FSE) in the Governor’s Golden Guardian Exercise Series since 2004. The theme of Golden Guardian 2010 is terrorist attacks in multiple ports throughout California. The FSE will be aligned with the National Level Exercise, NLE10 (Improvised Nuclear Device in FEMA Region IX), and will take place over several days in May 2010.”

O.K. then. Joe Eskenazi has a full report with video.

A military dolphin today near AT&T Park:

On the job:

OMG, call Cute Overload. These critters salute when they’re not finding terrorists ‘n stuff:

Here’s a much better photo of a well-trained animal. Hard at work or hardly working? A military dolphin as seen in the Persian Gulf:

Brien Aho / U.S. Navy

Never saw anything like this before…

OMG, It’s Mini-Moby, the “Most Recognizable Porpoise in the Bay Area” – Extremely Rare – Almost All White

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Here you go, from the National Wildlife Federation, California:

Photo by Golden Gate Cetacean Research

Via Nikki Silverstein of the Pacific Sun comes the news:

“The bay has turned out to be a treasure trove for the investigators. In the five years since Stern saw that first pod of porpoises there, the GGCR has assembled a comprehensive photographic catalog of the species. It has identified 575 different porpoises, each with unique scarring or pigmentation. Included in the catalog is an extremely rare white porpoise, nicknamed Mini-Moby. In the past 100 years, worldwide, there have been only six other documented reports of white porpoises. A number of “citizen scientists” have reported white porpoise sightings to the GGCR, some sending photos snapped from fishing boats and the bridge. “This is the most recognizable porpoise in the Bay Area,” says Keener.”

The Best San Francisco Jumping Dolphin Photo of 2013 (So Far) – Completely Out of the Water – Via David Cruz

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

At Ocean Beach.

Wow:

Via Nature’s Lantern – click to expand

The Happy Jumping Dolphins of San Francisco’s Lands End – A Nice Photo and Some Video from David Cruz

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Another nice San Francisco nature shot from famous photographer David Cruz.

Dolphins Breaching at Lands End – San Francisco, Dec. 7, 2012:

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And here’s the video, with a good half-dozen critters swimming about:

Nature is Everywhere, even in a big city like San Francisco

 

The Happy, Jumping Dolphins of the Bay Area – Best San Francisco Porpoise Photo You’ll Ever See

Monday, November 19th, 2012

[Oops, dolphin not porpoise, corrected, thx.]

Yowzer.

San Francisco photographer David Cruz does it again.

Dancing in the waters of Fort Funston:

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Yowzer

OMG, It’s Dolphin Season Near the Golden Gate Bridge – Check Out This Recent Video – Babies Too

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Here’s a shot from Land’s End from a few years back:

A bit mottled – that’s the way they are sometimes – click to expand

Now let’s hear from Redd Rivett, who recorded some of these critters just the other day:

“These bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) were on the East side of the Golden Gate Bridge, next to Fort Point, in the cove. We get to see them in the summer and fall, when they come in to Ft Point cove for a while maybe twice a week or so. They live mostly along the outer coast to the south of us, all the way to Monterey Bay. Thanks Bill Keener of Golden Gate Cetacean Research for the info.”

Dolphin Roundup 2011: The Best San Francisco County Dolphin Sightings of the Year, Plus Babies From Years Past

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I’ll tell you, I was shocked when I found out that you could see dolphins while just walking about San Francisco.

Like this, from Lands End, from a while back:

Now I personally didn’t take any new shots this year, but here’s a roundup of the best shots from 2011 so far:

From Fort Winfield Scott, The Presidio – jump jump!

From Ft. Winfield Scott – jumping the other way

From the Golden Gate Bridge – see the shadow? 

From the Golden Gate Bridge – bottlenoses

From the Golden Gate Bridge – at 200mm

From a boat – Pacific white-sided

From a boat – northern white whale dolphins

From a boat near the Farallones – Risso’s

Castro Street Fair – tattoo category (Uh, law school called – they want their diploma back)

That was 2011, now here’s yesteryear:

From Fort Funston. (Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:

Same angle:

As promised, baby dolphins, avec maman:

And here they are swimming south, off to sample the yummy seafood in the waters off San Mateo County:

Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Via David Yu. Click to expand

And, this is cheating somewhat, a military dolphin near AT&T Park:

Keep a lookout for dolphins!

You Call That a Stinson Beach Shark Sighting, Marin IJ? Now THIS is a Stinson Beach Shark Sighting

Monday, June 20th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go, now that’s a shark. And follow this link from Fred Sharples to see video of what all the fuss is over.)

Well that’s it, no more surfing at Stinson Beach this week due to the recent sighting of a 8-10 foot great white shark.

All right.

But THIS is a far better Stinson Beach shark sighting, one from 2008, don’t you think? Compare the size of the birds with the size of the fish:

Via Fear Beneath

Now, speaking of sharks, this one isn’t, I don’t think:

(Nice shot, though.)

Anywho, didn’t realize that the spotting of a three-yard fishy could shut down a Marin County beach for a week.

Click to expand – via Muhawi001

News to me…

The Buzzing Dolphin Helicopters of San Francisco County – Why is the Coast Guard Flying Over Us These Days?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

We’ve had some extra low-and-loud chopper traffic over the 415 recently, not sure why.

Are our U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dauphin helicopters taking a new short cut from the east side to the west side, buzzing the NoPA and Nob Hill, when they’re on search and rescue missions nowadays? Could be.

As seen over the Western Addition (yes, there are tiled roofs on the DivCo).

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As it noisily flew over my vast real estate holdings I started thinking about how a trend like this could affect property values, so I started yelling and waving my arms and chanting “U.S.* out of NoPA!” But I remembered I’m not a God Damn Landed Gentry NoPA NIMBY Millionaire and then everything was fine once again. Crisis averted.

Semper Paratus.

*The CG is the smallest branch of the U.S. military, hence the mil in .mil.

Heavy Dolphin Traffic Under the Golden Gate Bridge – Another Photo from David Yu

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Or, make that light dolphin traffic. Pretty cool either way.

Swimming past the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge:

Via David Yu. Click to expand

Now, here’s one swimming west in the opposite lane, from back in the day from Lands End:

Yes, this critter has a mottled appearance. That’s the way they is sometimes.

But you stand a better chance of seeing dolphins and porpoiseses from the west si-iiide of town, from Ocean Beach and Fort Funston. See?

(Now, why did we name an entire fort after that Filipino Killing Cracker?) Anyway, here’s the view, sometimes:

While Dad’s off having sex with other dolphins, Mom sticks around to raise the kids.

That’s your San Francisco Cetacean Traffic Update. Keep a look-out. Send in your great shots!