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Gray Whale Migration
Gray Whale Watching: San Francisco
Coastal Gray Whale Watching runs in late March and April out of San Francisco and December through May in Half Moon Bay. (This page has information on the San Francisco trips).
Trips from San Francisco are 6 hour trips trips,
The annual gray whale migration, one of the world's most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles, is underway. Each year approximately 15,000 of an estimated total population of 17,500 gray whales swim south from Arctic feeding grounds, en route to their Baja California breeding and calving grounds.
From December through May, gray whales can be observed a few miles off California's shore, and whale watchers aboard Oceanic Society's naturalist-led Whale Watch boats have a unique vantage from which to view this incredible "parade."
Read about Oceanic Society's whale watching trips and interview with the Society's cetacean biologist and naturalist Izzy Szczepaniak in the award-winning Bay Nature publication on-line: www.baynature.org
During each whale watching cruise our expert naturalists give talks on gray whales and the conservation efforts which brought them back from near extinction. These exciting and educational whale watching cruises are held on board motorized diesel vessels, from San Francisco (6 hours), and Half Moon Bay (3 1/2 hours) every Saturday, Sunday and select Fridays from December through mid-May.
San Francisco Yacht Harbor/Marina Green, just outside the Harbormaster's office (please do not enter the building or disturb the harbormaster). Reminder: Check-in time is 9:00 am, boat leaves 9:30 a.m. Duration approximately 6 hours. Return to dock at 3:30 p.m.
Our expedition will generally take us under the Golden Gate Bridge and north along the Marin coast.
Our vessel is a 50' Coast Guard certificated, fully insured motor vessel with open observation deck and indoor salon. Limited indoor and outdoor seating available.
Passenger maximum: 29
Parking: Free off-street parking.
Food & Refreshments: Bring lunch and beverages.
Age Restrictions: Age minimum 10; an adult must accompany youths under 15.
TRIPS GO RAIN OR SHINE!
WHALE WATCHING BOAT CRUISES
Since 1972, Oceanic Society has sponsored expert-guided, educational natural history and wildlife encounters for over 140,000 people. Programs benefit environmental education and research.
SF & HMB WHALE WATCHING : Sign Up Here
HALF MOON BAY iNFO Click here 2012-2013 Dec-May trips-3-hour
San Francisco Schedule
2013 WHALE WATCHING RATES
$100 Saturday, Sunday/Adults, Children, Seniors