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Humpback Whales Breeching Video Taken from the Salty Lady with Roger Thomas as the Captain
Humpback Whales Migrate off San Francisco Coast
27 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge is the Farallon Island Chain situated in the Gulf of the Farallones. These islands are the northern part of the chain including the Channel Island. The Farallon Islands, nick named "Devils Teeth" for two reason; 1) The white shark who hunts there. 2) the jagged rocks look like teeth and the islands are in hospital and claimed the lives of early mariners.
The Farallon Islands are in the Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary. My understanding is it is "The Farallon Islands" and "The Gulf of the Farallones" harking on the Spanish language. This video was taken at the Continental Shelf further outside the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Special mention needs to be made for Captain Roger Thomas who can find the whales. I think the whales were waving at him. This particular SF Bay Images was capturing a High Definition Documentary with a Sony 900 HD camera and a makohead marine stabilizing mount. That footage is close-up, clear and will be on this site later this year. This footage was shot by a hand-held pro-sumer hd camera. It bobs and rolls, and the whales are a little bit in the distance, but since there are over ten breeches in this footage, we thought you would enjoy it.
Humpback Whales can easily be identified by their stocky bodies with obvious humps and black dorsal colouring. The head and lower jaw are covered with knobs called tubercles, which are actually hair follicles and are characteristic of the species. The tail flukes, which are lifted high in the dive sequence, have wavy rear edges.
The long black and white tail fin, which can be up to a third of body length, and the pectoral fins have unique patterns, which enable individual whales to be recognised. Several suggestions have been made to explain the evolution of the Humpback's pectoral fins, which are proportionally the longest fins of any cetacean. The two most enduring hypotheses are the higher maneuverability afforded by long fins, or that the increased surface area is useful for temperature control when migrating between warm and cold climates.
Humpbacks have 270 to 400 darkly coloured baleen plates on each side of the mouth. Ventral grooves run from the lower jaw to the umbilicus about halfway along the bottom of the whale. These grooves are less numerous (usually 16–20) and consequently more prominent than in other rorquals. The stubby dorsal fin is visible soon after the blow when the whale surfaces, but has disappeared by the time the flukes emerge. Humpbacks have a distinctive 3 m (10 ft) bushy blow.
Females typically breed every two or three years. The gestation period is 11.5 months, yet some individuals can breed in two consecutive years. Humpback Whales were thought to live 50 - 60 years, but new studies using the changes in amino acids behind eye lenses proved another baleen whale, the Bowhead, to be 211 years old. This was an animal taken by the Inuit off Alaska. More studies on ages are currently being done. This is really a stunning piece of information because it means some whales can remember seeing their parents, brothers and sisters die at the hand of whalers. Well, if they can remember remains to be proven, but it means they could of witnessed it. Whaling was a way of life and had its human benefits at the time, but currently whaling is considered barbaric. Preserving these creatures is the current goal.
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The Farallon Islands are located 27 miles off the coast of California west of San Francisco, in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The islands support a spectacular assemblage of wildlife including nearly ¼ million seabirds such as the common murre, Cassin's auklet, and tufted puffin. During late spring and summer, Seabirds use the islands for breeding, nesting, and raising their chicks. The Farallones also are important habitat for thouSands of seals and sea lions that use the islands for breeding and resting. The waters surrounding the islands are some of the richest waters on the planet and provide important ocean habitat for many species of porpoises and dolphins such as harbor porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphin, and Dall's porpoise. The islands also provide migratory destinations and/or migration pathways for many species including the great white shark and whales, such as the orca or killer whale, the gray whale, and the endangered humpback and blue whale. Given appropriate sea conditions, this eight hour adventure allows us to explore not only the islands, but more pelagic, deep ocean waters west of the Farallones.
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Humpback Whales Feeding, August 2004
Photo: Darcy Finlay for SFBayImages.com
Farallon Island Panoramic provided by our good friend "Jack The Boat Dog".
This Handheld hd footage was captured by guests on board while SFBAYIMAGES.com was filming an HD documentery. This was taken by some of the crew on board.
SF Bay Area Whale Watching.
San Francisco Bay Whale Watching
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San Francisco Bay Whale Watching was the new kid on the block in whale watching and nature cruises to the Gulf of the Farallones in 2002. They have grown to be the definitive whale watching tour operation of the San Francico Bay waters with the best of breed naturalists and a mission statement of providing their customers with the best experience possible. They currently use the boat "KittyKat", which is one of the most stable boats of the San Francisco Bay area whale watching boat fleets. Vern and Cynthia, the current owners of SFBAYWHALEWATCHING.com have a passion for whales, the sea and their customers. They operate all year around. Whales Migrate through this area all the time. Call SFBayWhaleWatching.com to find out what is happending, or visit there Sea Worthy blog with current trip reports.
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Whale Watching trips with FMSA
Have you seen a whale this year? Come join FMSA on one of our day-long whale watching trips in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Late winter through spring is a great time to experience the diverse & beautiful wildlife of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. We focus on the mighty gray whale migration, but may encounter harbor porpoise, seals and sea lions, or any other of the 36 species of marine mammals found in Sanctuary waters. This is an excellent place to look for seabirds, including shearwaters, cormorants, and Common Murres. Our experienced naturalist will lead us in an exciting journey of wildlife exploration and discovery.
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
Whale Watching Trips with FMSA
They often encounter humpback whales, the occasional blue whale, as well as harbor porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Steller sea lions, or any of the other 36 species of marine mammals found in Sanctuary waters. Weather permitting you will see the Farallon Islands up close. Departs from the San Francisco Marina. 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trips are $85 for non-members and $78 for members. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly.
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