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Whale Watching: Half Moon Bay
GRAY WHALE WATCHING: Half Moon Bay
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 cruise our expert naturalists give talks on gray whales and the conservation efforts which brought them back from near extinction. These exciting and educational cruises are held on board motorized diesel vessels, from San Francisco (6-1/2 hours), and from Half Moon Bay (3 hours) every Saturday, Sunday and select Fridays from December through mid-May.
Departure: Pillar Point Yacht Harbor (approx. 1 hour south of San Francisco).
Trip times and duration: Half Moon Bay departures
December 22 - March 10: One Trip Per Day - 3.5 hours from 10 am-1:30pm.
March 16- May 12: Two Trips per Day - 3 hours from 9 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm.
Itinerary: Flexible; generally, off-shore 1-12 miles into the gray whale migration path.
Vessel: Cruises are aboard the Salty Lady, a 56' Coast Guard certificated, fully insured motor vessel with an open observation deck and indoor salon; seating is limited. The captain is experienced in natural history cruises.
Passenger capacity: 48.
Parking: Free off-street parking at the harbor.
Food & Refreshments: Bring snack and beverage.
Age Restrictions: Youths under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children under age 7 will not be permitted on the boat.
TRIPS GO RAIN OR SHINE!
$44 Friday/Adults, Seniors and Children (ages 7-15)
Group Rates for 10 or more:
Call 415 256-9941 for terms and details.
Saturday, December 22 -register
Sunday, December 23 -register
Saturday, December 29 -register
Sunday, December 30 -register
Saturday, January 5 -register