This weekend you can station yourself on the Golden Gate Bridge with binoculars, patience and a camera to watch out for whales feeding right under the bridge. May and June were great months for multiple sightings of dolphins and frolicking whales in San Francisco Bay and just out the Golden Gate. In spring/summer of 2016, Humpback and Blue whales were seen feeding off the coast of San Francisco in unprecedented numbers. They are back again and most likely will feed throughout the summer months before they move on. Our friends on the East coast are reporting an unusual number of sightings also.

Photo/Oceanic Society, SF

Since these gentle giants follow the food trail (Krill, Anchovies), the thinking now seems to be that our waterways and oceans are healthier. And the food is abundant. Ever since the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972, we have fought against water pollution and have made great strides. Banning DDT and PCBs , upgrading sewage treatment plants and their filtering systems and modern technology advances have helped the San Francisco Bay achieve a far cleaner health record than in the 1950s and 1960s.

Now and through Nov., you can take trips to the Farallon Islands to see Blue and Humpback whales, seals, sea lions and seabirds .

San Francisco Whale Tours

Oceanic Society Whale Tours

SF Bay Whale Watching

Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Out of Oakland:

Sun., July 9, Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht, the USS Potomac, is going out int