Posts Tagged ‘whales’

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!

The Humpback Whales of San Francisco County – Meet Mama, Papa and Junior – But Ouch: Big Killer Whale Bite

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

All right, I need to payoff on that headline.

Here are your humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of San Francisco County, which, of course, includes a whole bunch of ocean (depending on how you look at it.)

A pair of namesake humps. This particular species is not endangered at all – there are tons of them out there.

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Horizontal tale = whale, of course. These things are huge, like almost 50 feet long and weighing as much as older DC-9 jetliners:

Here’s Mama and Papa and Junior, just a pod of freelance whales coming and going as they please:

And here’s what happens when a killer whale takes a big bite out of your hump. Chomp chomp:

Bon courage, cetaceans!

The Happy Sea Lions of the Farallon Islands – All Playing Together with Whales

Monday, September 20th, 2010

This is the scene from five miles west of the Farallones.

Get the story of the whales right here.

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Via (nz)dave

Japanese Company Shimano the Target of “Put the Sea in Cycling” Bike Rally and Ride Tonight

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

[UPDATE: District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be there to speak out.]

An anti-Shimano bike rally will take place this afternoon at 5:30 PM. Think of it as a kind of Critical Mass for the oceans.

Here are the deets:

“On Thursday, September 9th, anti-corporate greenwashing and cycling advocates are organizing the Put the Sea in Cycling rally and ride, featuring speakers, bike-powered music, and dance performances.  
 
The Bad Guy is the Shimano Corporation, which has been funneling millions of dollars to finance efforts to block ocean protection.  Shimano and other fishing industry groups are actively working to derail conservation efforts across the nation, including California’s landmark ocean protection law, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).
 
Hundreds of ocean experts will be in San Franciso next week for the 2010 California and the World Oceans Conference to talk about ways to manage the ocean more sustainably. Cyclists and conservationists are showing up voice their support for ocean protection and call on Shimano to stop trying to block the creation of “underwater parks” in California and elsewhere.
 
The show starts at 5:30, and concludes with a ride up Market Street at 7pm, followed by an after party at Triple Crown.”

“Join us for a bike rally to celebrate sustainability in cycling and the sea! The rally will begin on Thursday, September 9th at 5:30pm at Justin Herman Plaza in downtown San Francisco and will coincide with the 2010 California and the World Oceans Conference. There will be music, speakers, food, and community action.

At 7:00pm, we’ll “Put the Sea in Cycling” with a bike ride to Triple Crown (1760 Market Street) for an after-…party complete with food, beverages and music.

We are rallying to call attention to the fact that the Shimano Corporation—makers of the derailleurs, cranks and wheelsets that keep us riding—is financing efforts to derail ocean conservation in California and elsewhere. Many of us who ride bikes are also avid surfers, swimmers, and beach-goers, so we care deeply about the health of our treasured marine environment.

Why would Shimano fight ocean protection? Because in addition to making bike components, they also manufacture rods and reels for fishing. And while Shimanoclaims to be committed to conservation, healthy oceans, and environmental stewardship, the truth is that Shimano has pledged to oppose any efforts to create new marine protections that would impact their short-term bottom line. The irony of Shimano’s campaign is that protecting our oceans is good for business; the long-term health of our ocean ecosystems is good for everyone—wildlife, fishermen and the fishing industry.

Unfortunately, in addition to spending millions of dollars to oppose California’s new marine protected areas—underwater parks, proven to improve the health of ocean ecosystems—Shimano has funded efforts to fight ocean protections across the nation, in places like Oregon, Washington and the Gulf of Mexico.

So while our bike lanes and paths lead us to the ocean, our bike parts may be leading us away from protecting our precious coastal resources. We need to put the sea back in cycling. Help us tell Shimanoto stick with derailing bike chains, not ocean conservation
efforts.”

60 Show for Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s Anti-Whaling Protest at City Hall

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

About 60 people (including two dressed up as cetaceans, plus two dogs – of course, dogs love whales) showed for San Francisco’s part of today’s statewide protest against whaling.

Oddly, our MSM reported on how things went down in Fun Diego – can you believe how different these dispatches are? And this IndyBay bit leaves out the part about “Western culinary imperialism.” Oh well.

Here’s Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi caught in mid-stemwinder:

When Whale They Ever Learn and Nice People Heart Whales:

(Of course, Japan, Norway, and Iceland are the major whaling nations but cetaceans are hunted in the United States and Canada as well. Japan killed a little more than 500 Minke whales the past year and America got about 40 Bowheads, so call that 4000 tons for America and about 3000-something tons for Japan. Both of these species are not endangered, Or So They Say.)

Anyway, the deets:

Save the Whales Day, May 23, 2010
Demonstration Locations and Contacts

Save the Whales Day
May 23, 2010
Demonstration Locations and Contacts PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE OFTEN FOR UPDATES
AND MORE DEMONSTRATION LOCATIONS.
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County Location Contact Time
Del Norte Front St. Park Visitors Center nicolagrobe@yahoo.com 11:30 am
Humboldt Eureka, foot of F St. on the plaza pete@humboldtbaykeeper.org 10:00 am
Los Angeles Palisades Park (by pier)
Santa Monica wanconservancy.org 11:00 am
Marin Rodeo Beach at
Ft. Cronkhite Nancy Okada
nxokada@yahoo.com 2:00 pm
Mendocino Ft. Bragg Town Hall
363 Main Street indigoa@mcn.org
www.OceanProtection.org 1:00 pm
Monterey Monterey Bay Park Pelican Network
POB 144
Big Sur, CA 93920
831-667-2025
contact: Jack Ellwanger 10:00 am
Orange County Main Beach Park
Laguna Beach greenp1@cox.net
charlottemasarik@cox.net 10:00 am
San Diego Spanish Landing Park (San Diego Bay, across from the airport, west of Harbor Island Dr.) renee@wildlifezone.net
bruce@sdcoastkeeper.org 11:00 am
Santa Barbara Beach by the Breakwater thegoldndrgn@yahoo.com 10:00 am
Santa Cruz Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Dr. Patricia Matejcek
patacheck@juno.com 11:30 am
San Francisco City Hall Jeremy Pollock: travelswithspider@yahoo.com
lauren.thorpe@greenpeace.org Noon
San Luis Obispo Rock parking lot
Morro Bay wildheartcomm@hotmail.com
sierraclub8@gmail.com 10:00 am
San Mateo Pacifica, next to the Pier on the promenade Nadia Holober, 650-740-3125
nholober@yahoo.com 10:00 am
San Mateo
(2nd location) Poplar Beach,
Half Moon Bay Susan Herhold
towaimea@comcast.net Noon
Sonoma Whale totem sculpture at Doran Beach (just south of Bodega Bay) Gregory Fearon:
gfearon@sonic.net 10:00 am
Ventura Harbor Village Lawn Alan Sanders:
alan@wanconservancy.net

San Francisco Tells the Secretary of Interior: NO to Off-Shore Oil Drilling

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

This was the scene today down at UCSF Mission Bay where the Secretary of the Interior got an earful about how San Francisco doesn’t want offshore oil drilling anytime soon. Poor Interior Secretary Ken Salazar  got an earful:

Our state is saying clearly to you today, no,” Sen. Barbara Boxer told Salazar at the opening of the hearing at the UC San Francisco Mission Bay campus. The California Democrat said the state’s coastline is a huge economic asset “just as it is.”

Logistics, that’s what the protesters had going for them today. You couldn’t miss all the furries, like this seal for example. Click to expand:

Or this polar bear, played by nine-month-old Kai Savage, assisted by Miyo Sakashita of Oakland. “23 DAYS TO SAVE ME”:

This is the what you could see on the long walk to the protest area. A passer-by ID’ed these animal’s as “shark, dolphin, whale, orca” in rapid-fire succession. Right, one of those anyway.

Dude was selling American Apparel T-shirts for just $5. What a country!

The only people not wearing shirts were selling shirts. Go figure:

The Sec-Int was prepared for all sorts of shenanigans. For example, “full body costumes” were not allowed inside, officially.

Only Time Will Tell what the Interior Department is planning.