SCVAS to Farallon Islands

Saturday, July 17, 2010, Led by Bob Power and David Wimpfheimer

Photos by Bill Walker

Trip Map

Trip Notes

A great day on the water with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, David Wimpfheimer and Bob Power trip leaders. Hosted Peter White, author of "The Farallon Islands: Sentinels of the Golden Gate", for a trip leaving from Emeryville Marina out to the Farallons. Good weather prevailed, only occassional choppy water. Departure at 7:30am, returned around 4:30pm. Lots of information shared about the history of the Farallons, status of breeding birds there, and discussion of mammals.

Cetaceans seen included two Blue Whales, two Humpback Whales, one frisky Gray Whale, Northern Right Whale Dolphins, Harbor Porpoises, Dahl's Porpoises, three Risso's Dolphins, and Pacific White-sided Dolphins. Pinapeds included Harbor Seal, our first Stellar's Sea Lions and Northern Fur Seals, plus plenty of California Sea Lions. One Elephant Seal was seen by others on the trip, but we missed it.