Posts Tagged ‘dolphins’

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

Know Your Faked Viral Videos, Made with GoPro Cameras or Not, In San Francisco or Not, Involving Seagulls or Not

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This one was for Lego Indiana Jones something, recorded in Potrero Hill by the Butler or something ad agency up in Marin County:

Yeah, fake.

For these reasons and more:

And here’s a faked GoPro seagull video made in France:

And here’s the latest, a faked GoPro video made in San Francisco by a woman from France, apparemment, you know, ostensibly:

In closing, GoPro, GoPro, GoPro! Yay for GoPro! Buy one, or three, today!

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.”

OMG, Your Best Way to Spend $125: 2012 Farallon Island Whale Watching Season Starts May 26th!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Check it, our very own Oceanic Society is kicking off annual Farallon Island whale watching season on May 26, 2012.

All the deets:

WHALE WATCH/NATURE CRUISES TO FARALLON ISLANDS BEGIN MAY 26 
 
San Francisco, California – Oceanic Society’s educational day long boat trips to the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles west of San Francisco, will operate May 26 through November 25, with departures available from San Francisco and Sausalito. 
 
Blue whales (the largest animal to have ever lived on earth), Humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Harbor porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and Northern right whale dolphins all may be encountered during the whale-watch cruises to the islands and the nearby continental shelf. 
 
An exceptional wilderness area, the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the eastern Pacific south of Alaska – including nesting Tufted puffins, Pigeon guillemots, Rhinoceros auklets, Common murres, Black oystercatchers and cormorants. The Islands are also a breeding haven and home to California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Steller sea lions, Harbor seals and fur seals. 
 
Though only scientists are permitted on the islands, the abundance of wildlife may be closely observed and photographed from aboard the Salty Lady, Oceanic Society’s 56-foot, Coast Guard-certified vessel. The boat holds 48 passengers. 
 
Experienced naturalists lead each excursion to help identify seabirds and locate whales and interpret their behavior. The naturalists also provide informal discussions on marine wildlife and on the history of the islands. Passengers also benefit from the presence of whale researchers from the Cascadia Research Collective, scientists who have studied these whales since the early 1990’s. 
 
Oceanic Society trips to the Farallon Islands depart Saturdays, Sundays and select Fridays from the Marina Green in San Francisco. Trips begin at 8 a.m. and last about eight hours.  Passengers also have the option of departing at 7:15 a.m. from the Sausalito Clipper Yacht Harbor. The minimum age is 10, and an adult must accompany children under 15.  Participants supply their own food and beverages. 
 
The fee is $125 per person, with special group rates available. The fee includes a copy of “The Farallon Islands: Past, Present, and Future,” a 42-minute DVD produced by the Oceanic Society in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The DVD offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the natural and human history of the Farallon Islands and provides a virtual land tour of the islands. (Additional DVDs cost $15.)
 
Founded in 1969, the mission of the Oceanic Society is to protect marine wildlife and oceanic biodiversity through an integrated program of scientific research and environmental education. An official partner of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanic Society has offered educational whale-watch cruises since 1984 and is the only nonprofit organization that offers whale-watch trips year round in the Bay Area. 
 
Reservations for the Farallon Islands whale-watch trips are advised. Please call 415- 256-9941 or 800-326-7491 or register atwww.oceanicsociety.org. For recorded information on current wildlife sightings, call 415-258-8220.

Sea you there!

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!

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!