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American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

is honored and happy to announce we have received a Grant from the Orange County Community Foundation to support Student Research, Education, and Speakers.

We look forward to developing further programs with this generous grant. Be sure to follow our development on our website.


Lynette R. Koftinow

American Cetacean Society
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

View Into Vocalizations – October 27th at Saylor’s Restaurant

When: October 27th @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar, Upstairs Cabo Wabo room

2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Cost:  $5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Maren Anderson   “View Into Vocalizations”

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For the last 15 years, Cetos Research Organization has used underwater videography with a variety of recording set-ups that allow us to capture both video and sounds in our studies of Hawaiian humpback whales. While collecting data on sounds and behaviors, we also, when possible, obtain photo identification of humpbacks, and collect annual song samples by tracking and recording singers. Our priority is the social sounds and underwater behaviors of different humpback groups.

In the 2015 field season, Cetos focused on using non-invasive suction cup tagging on mothers, calves, escorts, and competitive males, in order to track movements and acoustics both above and below water. These tags have ability to take in acoustic information as well as positional movement underwater. Join Maren to hear about using their current research to understand Hawaiian humpback whales on a new level, as well as give a sneak peak into a current publication underway on calf susceptibility to ship strikes. Continue reading

Join SF Bay ACS Chapter at the International 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals: “Bridging the Past Toward the Future”

13-18 December 2015

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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The Society for Marine Mammalogy holds biennial international meetings with the goal of enhancing collaboration, sharing ideas, and improving the quality of research on marine mammals within the scientific community. The 21st biennial conference will return to San Francisco for the first time since its founding in 1981. The meeting will focus on marine mammal conservation in a changing world and bring together leaders in the field from every continent. The gathering of interdisciplinary experts enables discussion amongst marine mammal scientists and policy makers, enhancing collaboration and training the next generation of scientists and practitioners, and is a key opportunity to foster international partnerships and collaborations. In addition to key-note lectures and oral presentations, there will be over 1,000 poster presentations and topical workshops on hot topics in marine mammal science.

Session Themes for oral and poster presentations will include:
Acoustics  •  Anatomy  •  Behaviour  •  Climate Change  •  Conservation  •  Distribution and Abundance  •  Education and Communication  •  Ecology  •  Evolution  •  Genetics and Genomics(including systematics, “omics” & microbiomics, population genetics)  •  Human Dimensions, Policy and Management (including protected species, MPAs, international governance)  •  Medicine & Toxicology (including health, infectious disease, strandings, pathology)  •  Physiology  •  Population Biology  •  Sensory Biology

Full information: https://www.marinemammalscience.org/conference/


New Cetacean Blog

Tim Salisbury

Welcome Tim Salisbury, one of our newest communication committee members. He will have an ongoing blog on our website, SFACS facebook page, and LinkedIn.  Please check out his first article below.



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Cetaceans Under Siege

By Tim Salisbury

Cetaceans — whales, dolphins, are porpoises are under siege. No longer able to swim the oceans freely; their survival, safety, and well being are being threatened. The problem is clear: whaling, fishing net by-catch, ship strikes, and climate change. In response, the American Cetacean Society, the International Whaling Committee, the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations have stepped in to save these remarkable creatures. Read on to learn more about each pressing issue.

To read the full article go to: http://acs-sfbay.org/cetacean-blog/

Join SF Bay ACS Chapter and Oceanic Society on Whales of Guerrero Research Project!

We are very excited to partner with Oceanic Society on research trips around the world. Our members will receive a 10% discount on these trips and your money goes toward the important research projects!
Our 2015 Barra de Potosi   Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program was so successful we will be working in the field as citizen scientists again with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. Barra de Potosi Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program Marine Citizen Science • Playa Blanca, Mexico • 2016 Dates – Feb 1 – Feb 8, 18-25 Feb, Feb 29 – March 7 Participate in Pioneering Research in a Breathtaking Landscape
Oceanic Society invites you to beautiful Barra de Potosí, Mexico located on Bahia de Petatlan just south of Zihuatanejo. This region is an important part of the migration route for the northeastern Pacific population of humpback whales. While the presence of whales has been documented in the area for years, there have been no formal studies of them until now.
As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand this important whale population by working in the field as a citizen scientist with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. You will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of four species of dolphins found in the area. We  also frequently observe olive ridley sea turtles, manta rays, golden cow nosed and spotted eagle rays, red-billed tropic birds, blue and brown footed boobies, roseate spoonbills, brown and white pelicans, frigate birds, and countless other noteworthy marine species. In addition to learning humpback whale fluke identification and hydro-acoustic recording techniques, you will also assist with recording other key ecosystem data. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project. 
You can go on these trips individually or together. Research trips are a wonderful way to travel in not only seeing the area, but helping with important research programs and interacting with the local people in environmental education. We look forward to having you join us!

March 2-13, 2016:  Baja California & The Sea of Cortez  “Whales and wildlife of the Forgotten Peninsula”

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Join Founder Juan-Carlos Solis and Quetzal Adventures on this incredible trip!

This is one of those trips that people talk about and remember always!

Slim as a blade, the Baja California peninsula jackknifes from mainland Mexico, creating a cleft filled by the Sea of Cortez. Every year, California Gray Whales migrate here from arctic waters-the longest mammal migration known. In the protected lagoon of San Ignacio, watch the Grays during their breeding, calving, and nurturing cycle.

JCContinue sailing around the tip of Baja in search of Fin, Sperm, Blue and Humpback Whales along with pods of Common Dolphins accompanied by Magnificent Frigate birds and Red-billed Tropic birds. Along the way, visit lovely and uninhabited islands such as San Jose and Santa Catalina. Awake to an incomparable sunrise, snorkel in an isolated cove, bask in Baja California’s seductive desert warmth, stroll its glorious beaches, and-best of all–wonder at its wildlife.

Juan-Carlos is very supportive of SF Bay ACS chapter and is  giving  us a donation for each person signing up on this wonderful trip. We look forward to seeing you on the trip!

For full details go to:  http://www.quetzaladventures.com/#!baja-2016/c24f1


Dramatic 24-hour Gray Whale Disentanglement off Laguna Beach, CA

Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele, were headed to dinner with friends Friday evening at 5:30 PM when they received a call from one of their whale watching boats that a whale with a huge amount of gillnet wrapped around its tail flukes had been spotted. They quickly abandoned their plans and headed to Dana Point Harbor where they met up with volunteer members of Capt. Dave’s crew, Tom Southern, Mark Tyson and Steve Plantz and headed out in their whale watching boat to see the entangled whale and attempt to help it before it got dark. Continue reading