Apr 20 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip enjoyed a beautiful day on flat seas. Participants sighted nine gray whales, including two adults, two calf-cow pairs, and one cow, calf, and a juvenile traveling together. Passengers had great views of a calf’s head and back. One calf was even seen breaching. The adults were possibly feeding in the shallows as mud plumes were seen.

Sunday’s trip experienced light chop, with seas becoming rough on the return to port. They did not spot any whales.

Other marine mammals sighted both days included harbor porpoises, California sea lions, and harbor seals.

Species of sea birds sighted on both trips included: Pacific Loons, Common Loons, Horned Grebes, Western Grebes, Brown Pelicans, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Heerman’s Gulls, Western Gulls, Sabine’s Gulls, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Marbled Murrelets, Cassin’s Auklets, and Rhinoceros Auklets.


Apr 13 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip enjoyed blue skies, light winds, and calm seas. Participants sighted two gray whale calf-cow pairs with good views of one of the pairs.

Passengers were also treated to good looks at harbor porpoise, with one group of six surfacing close to the boat.

Sunday’s trip also experienced sunny skies and light winds with a slightly heavier swell. One minke whale was seen as it surfaced 20 feet from the boat and then disappeared. Passengers on this trip also sighted five harbor porpoises.

Other marine mammals sighted both days included California sea lions playing in the water, and harbor seals.

Species of sea birds sighted on both trips included: Common Loons, Eared Grebes, Western Grebes, Brown Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, White Winged Scoters, Bufflehead Ducks, Black Oystercatchers, California Gulls, Western Gulls, Common Murres, and Pigeon Guillemots.


Apr 6 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip left the marina under sunny skies and moderate seas.

Six gray whales were encountered during the trip that included two calf-cow pairs. One of the whales was observed breaching and passengers got good looks at its back and blows as it came within 50 feet of the boat. 

Sunday’s trip also experienced sunny skies and moderate seas and encountered 14 gray whales during the course of the trip. Five of the whales came close to the boat including two calf-cow pairs

Other marine mammals sighted both days included over 30 California sea lions, harbor seals, and a group of about 10 harbor porpoises

Species of sea birds sighted on both trips included: Common Loons, Eared Grebes, Brown Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, California Gulls, Western Gulls, and Common Murres.



Mar 30 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Sunday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip left the marina under mostly sunny skies and headed 5 miles west. The boat then headed south to Martins beach and spotted two gray whales. Participants got good looks at the backs and blows of these whales as they traveled north. 

Other marine mammals sighted included California sea lions and harbor seals. Species of sea birds sighted included: Common Loons, Eared Grebes, Western Grebes, Northern Fulmars, Sooty Shearwaters, Brown Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Common Mergansers, Western Gulls, Common Murres, and Pigeon Guillemots.


Mar 23 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip left the marina under sunny skies, and headed NW. About 5 miles NNW of Pillar Point Harbor, participants encountered one gray whale. The whale came within 30 feet of the boat and passengers got good looks at the animal's back, blows, and flukes. This encounter lasted for an hour and a half.

As the boat remained in the same area for the remainder of the trip, an additional three gray whales were spotted as they were heading North. The backs, blows, and flukes of these whales were seen as they came within 70 feet of the boat.Gray whale seen March 22, 2014. © Lorri Gong

Participants on Sunday’s trip also had sunny skies. They headed northwest, then south and then north up to Montara, but no whales were observed.

Other marine mammals sighted both days included California sea lions and harbor porpoises. Species of sea birds sighted on both trips included: Common Loons, Eared Grebes, Western Grebes, Northern Fulmars, Buller’s Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters, Brown Pelicans, Double Crested Cormorants, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Red-necked Phalaropes, California Gulls, Western Gulls, Common Murres, and Cassin’s Auklets.

 


 

Mar 16 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday's Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip left the marina under sunny skies, but became enveloped in fog within an hour and were unable to sight any whales. 

Participants on Sunday’s trip also had fog, but experienced better visibility. Three gray whales were spotted as the boat headed out 8-9 miles. Participants got good looks at their blows and backs.

Other marine mammals sighted included California sea lions and harbor seals. Species of sea birds sighted on both trips included: Western Grebes, Eared Grebes, Sooty Shearwaters, Brandt’s Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Phalarope species, California Gulls, Western Gulls, and Common Murres.


Mar 9 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

A spy-hopping gray whale.Participants on Saturday's Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip left the marina in thick fog and headed nine miles northwest. As the fog cleared and the boat headed southwest, a humpback whale was seen breaching in the distance. As the boat headed toward this sighting, passengers encountered two gray whales which turned out to be a mother with her calf. This pair stayed close to the boat and participants were able to view their blows and backs.

Participants on Sunday’s trip enjoyed calm seas and sunny skies to view ten gray whales that came within 50 feet of the boat. These sightings included one cow-calf pair, one whale that breached four times and another that was seen spy-hopping. These whales were observed snorkeling and fluking for about 40 minutes.

Other marine mammals sighted included California sea lions and harbor porpoises. Species of seabirds observed on both trips included: Western Grebes, Sooty Shearwaters, Brown Pelicans, Brandt’s Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Heerman’s Gull, California Gulls, Western Gulls, and Common Murres.



Feb 16 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Sunday's Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip traveled 7 miles west and 15 miles south among 4-5 foot swells on a windless day.

A highlight of the trip were sightings of approximately 8 harbor porpoises and 20 California sea lions.

Species of sea birds sighted included: Common Loons, Earred Grebes, Western Grebes, Northern Fulmars, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Brandt’s Cormorant, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Western Gull, Common Murre and Rhinoceros Auklet.

Feb 15 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with clear skies and flat seas. The group headed a mile offshore and north to Pacifica where a gray whale was spotted briefly.  

The Salty Lady then cruised out another four miles and south to the Ritz Carlton before heading back to the harbor. Hundreds of Common Murres were observed sitting in the water within a mile of shore.

California sea lions were also seen on this trip. Species of sea birds sighted included: Western Grebes, Clark’s Grebes, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, California Gulls, Herring Gulls, Western Gulls, and Common Murres.

Feb 1 2014 (All day)
Half Moon Bay

Participants on Saturday’s Half Moon Bay gray whale watching trip headed six miles due west and then headed south. While heading south, passengers spotted a juvenile gray whale near Martins Beach. They were able to view the back and blows of this whale for 20 minutes as it came within 50 feet of the boat.

As the boat headed back north along the coast, a second gray whale was encountered and was observed breaching seven times. This encounter lasted for 10 minutes with the whale coming within 100 feet of the boat. As the boat was almost back to port a third gray whale was seen breaching and came within 100 feet of the boat.

Other marine mammals spotted on this trip included California sea lions and harbor porpoises. Species of sea birds sighted included: Common Loons, Western Grebes, Northern Fulmars, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Brandt’s Cormorants, Surf Scoters, Herring Gulls, Western Gulls, and Common Murres.