2016 and 2017 Whale Watching Trips

Join us for our Annual Farallon Islands Whale Watching Trip!  

Oceanic Society is being gracious in giving our SF Bay ACS members a DISCOUNT!   We willWhale Watching 2016 2 be given 20 spaces at great discount on the boat due to this being High Season so get your tickets early!!!

Tickets are $95.00 per person for our first 20 SF Bay ACS Members and $108. for remaining SF Bay ACS Members.

Oceanic Society is always wonderful in giving SF Bay ACS Chapter a fundraiser donation which goes toward our 2017 Student Research Grant Fund! 

You MUST CALL or EMAIL the office to receive this discount and tell them you are a SF Bay ACS member.  You CANNOT get the discount online

whale watching 2016If you are not a member it’s easy to join. Just go to: www.acsonline.org click on membership, and sign up online as a SF Bay ACS chapter member! Send your confirmation email to: acs.sfbay@gmail.com so Chris can be given your membership confirmation information.

Please call or email: Chris Biertuempfel of Oceanic Society(415) 256-9604 or chrisb@oceanicsociety.org She will have a list of our SF Bay ACS members to verify if you may receive the discount.

BLUE & HUMPBACK WHALES

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The Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off San Francisco, lie amid the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, a food-rich marine ecosystem that attracts whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds each summer and fall, to feed and to breed. Researchers have catalogued hundreds of individual humpbacks and blue whales as seasonal feeding residents. Twenty three species of marine mammals, including eighteen  species of whales and dolphins, can be found here.

The Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the contiguous United States with nesting Tufted Puffins, Pigeon Guillemots, Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murres and other species. Migratory seabirds such as Shearwaters, Jaegers, and Phalaropes are also attracted by these nutrient-rich waters.  Island beaches are covered with sea lions, including massive Steller’s sea lions, now on the Endangered Species List.

Each trip is led by an expert naturalist who assists with locating whales, identifying seabirds and other marine life, and who provide informative presentations throughout the trip on the islands and marine ecology of the area.

Bird and Marine Mammal Calendar

Spring- Summer (April-Aug):  Western Grebes; Black-footed Albatrosses; Northern Fulmars; Pink-footed, Buller’s, Sooty Shearwaters; Ashy Storm-Petrels; Brown Pelicans; Double-crested, Brandt’s, Pelagic Cormorants; Black Oystercatchers; Red-necked, Red Phalaropes; Pomarine, Parasitic Jaegers; South Polar Skuas; Heermann’s, Herring, Western, Sabine’s Gulls; Caspian, Elegant, Common, Arctic, Forster’s Terns; Common Murres; Pigeon Guillemots; Xantus’s, Craveri’s, Marbled (rare) Murrelets; Cassin’s, Rhinoceros Auklets; Tufted Puffins.   Tufted Puffins and general bird diversity  better in May/June/early July.

Marine mammals are found both in the summer and fall.    Blue Whales, Humpback Whales , Minke Whales; Risso’s Dolphin, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Northern Right Whale Dolphin; Harbor and Dall’s Porpoises.   California and Steller Sea Lions; Northern Elephant Seal, Northern Fur Seal, Harbor Seal, Sea Otter also possible.

TRIP INFORMATION:   http://www.oceanicsociety.org/whale-watching/farallons

Full-day whale watching cruises depart from San Francisco at 8:00am, and from Sausalito at 6:30 a.m. aboard the 56-foot Salty Lady, a Coast Guard certified vessel on Saturdays and Sundays, and select Fridays,  from mid-May through November.

Farallon Islands whale watching participants will receive a free DVD, Farallon Islands: Past, Present and Future. Produced by the Oceanic Society in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the film provides a virtual walking tour of the islands, introducing the viewer to the islands’ researchers, refuge staff and former residents as they provide first-hand insights about the wildlife, history , and current conservation efforts. The DVD will be distributed aboard the vessel.

Departures:

San Francisco Yacht Harbor, Marina Blvd. & Scott St. Reminder: Check-in time is 7:30 a.m., and the boat leaves at 8:00 a.m.

Sausalito Clipper Yacht Harbor on Harbor Drive. Reminder: check-in time is at 6:30 a.m., and the boat leaves at 6:45 a.m.

Duration: Approximately 8 hours.  In order to visit the whale “hot spots,” including the Continental shelf, and have enough time to observe the wildlife at the islands, an 8-hour trip is required.  Itinerary: Under the Golden Gate Bridge and west to the Farallon Islands. Weather permitting; we visit the Continental Shelf to search for deep water whales.

Vessel: Certified 56-foot Salty Lady. Our whale watching vessel offers an observation deck, indoor seating salon (limited indoor seating) and bathroom. Our captains are experienced in nature cruises.  Passenger maximum: 48.  Clothing:  Warm, layers with water-proof outerwear for sea spray recommended. Age Restrictions:  Age minimum 10; an adult must accompany youths under 15.

Parking: Parking is free in San Francisco and Sausalito 

Food & Refreshments: Bring lunch and beverages.

TRIPS GO RAIN OR SHINE!

We look forward to seeing you on board and sharing this Special Trip with you!