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Bay Area Ocean Events for July: Viva Vaquita and Humpbacks Galore!

By Kathi Koontz

Happy July!

A lunge-feeding humpback whale on July 3, 2016. © Chris Biertuempfel

We’ve had fantastic humpback whale sightings (along with the sheer number of sightings!) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary this month. Come out and join us on a tour.

On the calendar front, July 9 was International Save the Vaquita Day, a day reserved for raising awareness and appreciation for the world’s most endangered marine mammal. Here are 8 things you can do to help protect the vaquita.

And here are some local events in the San Francisco Bay Area:

  • Thursday, July 14th at 6pm in San Francisco: Surfrider July Happy Hour at the Residence.
  • Wednesday, July 27th at 7pm in Sausalito: ACS Meeting - Sex on the Breach: A Summer Sizzler Peeks into the Reproductive Practices of the Oceans Whales
  • Thursday, July 28th at 6pm: BigPicture NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Saturday, July 30th at 1pm: The Walt Disney Family Museum and the Marine Mammal Center present The Myth of Monstro and Other Whale Tales

Kathi Koontz is director of California Whale Rescue and Oceanic Society's former Bay Area Programs Manager. Her passion for the ocean includes work as a whales-in-distress responder through NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Kathi is an avid diver, snorkeler, and advocate for marine wildlife. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and spends as much time as she can underwater.


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