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When and Where Do I Look to See Orcas?

March 13, 2014 by Eric Simons

I'm trying to spot some orcas this year and wanted to know when and where I should look.

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Photographer Tory Kallman Gets His Orca Breach

January 09, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

On a whale watching trip in the Monterey Bay, photographer Tory Kallman witnessed one of nature's great events—an orca in pursuit of lunch. One of the resulting photographs became Bay Nature's January 2014 cover image.

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Oceanic Society

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Established in 1969 as a non-profit conservation organization, the Oceanic Society's primary mission is protect endangered wildlife and preserve threatened marine habitats worldwide. The Society works to establish protected natural areas, supported and sustained through scientific research, in cooperation with local communities.

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Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's wildlife and habitats.

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A whale of a view

March 21, 2012 by Rachel Gulbraa

It’s been a great season to view California gray whales off the Northern California coast this year. There have been a number of unusual sightings in the San Francisco Bay. But for the best chances to view these 35-ton, graceful giants on their annual migration is at Point Reyes National Seashore. Grab your binoculars, check the weather, and hit the cape.

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Humpbacks Make Rare Near-Shore Visit in Santa Cruz

November 01, 2011 by Paul Hagey

A pod of humpback whales, about two or three families, adults with a few calves, have been dazzling whale-watchers since about October 18, as they feed in Monterrey Bay about a quarter of a mile from Santa Cruz Harbor. Calm waters, warm weather and an abundance of food like sardines, anchovies and other baitfish have produced the ideal whale visit.

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Winter Wildlife Watching

February 02, 2011 by Juliet Grable

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and nothing melts the heart like the sight of a newborn marine mammal pup. How about a thousand of them? That's how many elephant seals have been born at Ano Nuevo State Park, and another 500 are on the way. Throw in 700 more at Point Reyes. Oh, and it's the beginning of gray whale migration too. What are you waiting for?

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Don’t Miss the Summertime Blues!

August 11, 2010 by Melanie Jones

This summer has been a great year for whale watching in Monterey Bay. The giant blues showed up early and have stuck around, making for daily sightings of these amazing animals. Humpbacks are lunge-feeding and breaching. At the heart of it all? The humble krill...

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Gray Whale Migration

February 06, 2009 by Jessica Taekman

Now is the time to see gray whales migrating along the California coast and maybe even appearing inside the Bay.

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Whales at the Farallon Islands

July 11, 2008 by Jessica Taekman

Picture hungry tourists swarming around an all-you-can-eat buffet. Only the tourists are 100 feet long and weigh almost 200,000 pounds. These are blue whales, the largest animals ever, and they've come to feast on some of the tiniest animals on the planet: millions upon millions of tiny shrimplike krill.

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