Posts Tagged ‘whale’

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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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.

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…

Mother Whales and Baby Whales, ‘Neath the Golden Gate Bridge

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

IDK if Golden Gate Humpback Whale Season 2017 is over already, but man, I’ve never seen so many whales in Frisco waters as I’ve seen the past week.

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And this was from farther away. I was thinking that maybe this mama whale had a chunk taken out of it by a killer whale but now I’m thinking this is prolly just an optical delusion, so these could be the very same animules as above.

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Whale Fever, Catch It!

Boat-Damaged Humpback Whale, Golden Gate

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge.

None of the others looked like this, AFAICS.

The lines running from lower left to upper right:

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Boat vs. whale has been in the news lately…

Ocean Beach Graffiti Whale, 1919 – Apparently, Painting Ads on Whale Carcasses was a Thing in the 20th Century

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

I cry foul:

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The Grey Whales of San Francisco’s Baker Beach – Another Great Capture from Nature’s Lantern

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I haven’t seen a whale from San Francisco lately.

But David Cruz has:

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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!

Via Coastodian.Org, Images of the Killer Whale that Washed Up on a Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Coastodian, run by Richard James* up in Marin County, has some shots of the killer whale that recently washed up at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Click on over to see all the photos.

Orca at Point Reyes Beach – ©Richard James Photography 

*Who has a campaign against plastic bottles.