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Oceanic Society Whale Watching in the News

By Brian Hutchinson

A breaching humpback whale seen on July 5, 2015. © Peter Winch

Our Farallon Islands Whale Watching season is off to an incredible start, with whale sightings among the best we have had in 45+ years. Thanks to the perfect feeding conditions in the waters off our shores, on recent trips we have seen dozens of blue and humpback whales, thousands of seabirds (it is peak nesting season on the islands), Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoises, harbor and northern fur seals, California and Steller sea lions, and even ocean sunfish (Mola mola) by the dozens.

This exciting news caught the attention of the media and has been picked up by multiple news agencies. Some of the highlights are:

All this is to say that this is an exciting opportunity for San Francisco area residents and visitors to join a whale watching trip to the Farallon Islands and see these majestic animals first-hand


Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.


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