Whale Watching Fact Sheet
About Oceanic Society Whale Watching Tours
- Oceanic Society is the only non-profit, professional nature tour operator in the Bay Area specializing in educational and research programs since 1972.
- Oceanic Society is a partner of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge for outreach and fostering public awareness.
- Only Oceanic Society was recognized by the California State Senate for long-term contributions to whale conservation through Whale Watch and Farallon Islands programs, and extended dolphin and whale research programs in which the public are active participants. The Oceanic Society was voted "Best Whale Watching" by the SF Bay Guardian.
- Only Oceanic Society supports Whale Research in cooperation with Cascadia Research conducting critical long-term studies on endangered blue and humpback whales in the Gulf of the Farallones, Mexico and Costa Rica.
- Only Oceanic Society Farallon Islands Nature Cruises are offered in conjunction with the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. OSE provides logistical support for scientific research personnel traveling to and from the field station on Southeast Farallon Island.
- Only Oceanic Society's Whale Hotline - 415-474-0488 - provides a year-round, free public information service with weekly updates on local marine life sightings and oceanic phenomena.
- Oceanic Society conducts special formal training for its expert naturalists to ensure accurate and current information on marine biology and conservation issues.
- Oceanic Society serves on the Oceans Blue Foundation Environmentally Responsible Whale Watching Advisory Committee.
- OSE naturalists are marine biologists and science educators with a knowledge of ocean dynamics and an in-depth understanding of conservation issues. Their specialties range from whales and dolphins, to great white sharks, to seabird ecology.
- Oceanic Society assists local wildlife rescue groups such as the Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue with facilities for sea release of rehabilitated wildlife.