The Baby Whale Parade
The annual gray whale migration is one of the world’s most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles on Earth. Each fall, thousands of gray whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds around Alaska down to the waters of Baja California where they breed and calf. Approximately 15,000 of an estimated total population of 17,500 gray whales swim south along this migration path. In the spring, the whales and their calves migrate back up North for the summer. Their migration pathway follows closely along the coast, providing us with outstanding viewing as they pass. This adventure provides us with a perfect viewing opportunity for the “parade”.
Isidore (Izzy) Szczepaniak is a field investigator for the Oceanic Society/Cascadia Research humpback whale research program in California and Costa Rica. Since 1972, primarily as a Research Associate for the California Academy of Sciences’ Department of Mammalogy, Izzy has studied and published papers on marine mammals. In Australia and New Zealand, he assisted with research on dusky dolphins and sperm whales. Other cetacean research includes work for Cascadia Research in northern California, and harbor porpoise surveys off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He is a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Szczepaniak will give a presentation about the marine life that make Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary their home or a stopover on their annual migrations along our continent’s coast. He will discuss the conservation efforts that brought these magnificent animals back from near extinction. This one-hour presentation will be followed by a photography how-to presentation by trip leader and photographer Gary Sharlow who will give an introduction to your DSLR that will provide you with some easy tips that will allow you to keep your head up with your eyes on the horizon and in search of whales and birds.
Reservations: General Admission: $180 | Early Birds: $160. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to the trip to avoid cancellation. This workshop includes a 3 hour class on Saturday with a Sunday where our boat departs from Pillar point Yacht Harbor sharply at 9 am from Half Moon Bay (approx. 1 hour south of San Francisco), for a flexible 1 to 12 mile journey into the protected marine zone managed by the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.