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ACS chapter and Oceanic Society Half Moon Bay whale watching trip!

Please join SF Bay ACS chapter and Oceanic Society for a wonderful whale watching trip This 3 to 3-1/2 hour trip will leave from Pillar Point, Half Moon bay.

The trip goes from 9:00-12:00 with the Naturalist meeting the passengers 1/2 hour before the departure.  Lynette Koftinow, your event host, will be on the trip.

We will have the delight of observing the gray whale northern migration of mothers/calves and individuals and various other cetacean, sea lion/seals, bird life at this time.

The annual gray whale migration, one of the world's most magnificent and accessible wildlife spectacles, is underway. Each year approximately 15,000 of an estimated total population of 17,500 gray whales swim south from Arctic feeding grounds, en route to their Baja California breeding and calving grounds. From December through May, gray whales can be observed a few miles off California's shore, and whale watchers aboard Oceanic Society's naturalist-led Whale Watch boats have a unique vantage from which to view this incredible "parade."

Go to:

At title:  "Coastal Gray Whale Watching runs in late March and April out of San Francisco and December through May in and click on Half Moon Bay to read all information.

The Oceanic Society is being gracious in giving our members a $5.00 discount and a donation to our Student research grant fund!

In order to get the $5.00 discount, Please be sure  to call in and  identify yourself as a member of SF Bay ACS.

If you are not a member please go to:

*Choose membership level and *chapter as: San Francisco Bay

As time gets closer I will be giving exact time and location for our meetup. Look forward to seeing you on board!  There will be a morning, and an afternoon trip and you can pick which one you want.

An RSVP here does not reserve a spot on the boat.  To reserve a spot you must call in and identify yourself as an SF Bay ACS member and hopefully become a member if not one already.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day!! Such fun to share the joy with such a great like-minded group! Thank you!!!

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Lynn V.

    Simply a once in a lifetime experience - the number of whales and their unusual behavior we saw was incredible! Our captain, crewman, and Susan (our naturalist) were amazed as much as we were! Can't wait to go on the Farallon Trip! Great job Lynette for putting this together. WOW!

    1 · April 27, 2013

    • Lynette R. K.

      thank you Lynn. wonderful to meet you. we were very blessed to encounter/experience these activities!

      April 28, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    Absolutely outstanding!
    We were treated to an amazing morning of whale watching from calm seas to amazing sightings. First sightings of a gray whale mother and calf pair as we left the harbor and then we traveled northwest to "the zone" where abundant fish/whale feedings had been detected. Once there we were mesmerized by a surface feeding humpback. Then when getting underway to return to the harbor we detected the most unusual continuous display by two humpbacks that were breaching and throwing their flukes high in the air in synchronicity and one at a time. You know when the naturalist is OMGing it is unusual!

    The greatest joy for me was to share this amazing day with many that had never been whale watching before and those that had. We were very blessed!
    Hope all of you that missed this trip can join us on the next!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    We're looking forward to a fabulous whale watching day. Please meet me and the Oceanic Society naturalist near the restroom at the entrance to the pier, across the walkway from the Harbor Master.

    If you have not paid yet, please call Lindsey asap, letting her know you are with SF Bay ACS to receive your
    acknowledgement/discount. Lindsey Roberts (415)[masked]

    Saturday, April 27, 2013
    Check-in Time:8:30 a.m. for 9:00 a.m. departure
    Vessel: Salty Lady
    Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton-by-the-Sea, north of the town of Half Moon Bay. Specific address for GPS or map search is 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. From Highway 1, turn west at the stop light on Capistrano Road into Pillar Point Harbor. Please park in Lot "C.” Parking is free. TRIP STATUS: Be sure to call prior:
    WEATHER STATUS: (415)[masked]
    Call after 7:00 a.m for the 9:00 a.m. departure

    Please see Oceanic Society website for all pertinent information re: clothing, food, etc.

    April 22, 2013

  • Lynn V.

    Two of my favorite people are joining us...can't wait:)

    April 20, 2013

  • Lynn V.

    Hi All,
    I spoke to the OS this afternoon, and they are all set to change our registrations...they were so pleasant and made sure everything is in order for my registration...I can't wait for the trip; it is going to be a great time as the whales are really on the move. On Easter, I saw several mothers with calves as they past by Mori's Point in Pacifica - simply awesome!

    2 · April 12, 2013

    • Lynette R. K.

      So glad to hear it Lynn. We were so sorry to postpone the trip but it will be worth the wait.

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    Hello friends of SF Bay ACS

    I have been notified by Oceanic Society that this entire weekend is cancelled due to high/gusty winds. We are so sorry! I am rescheduling for Saturday 4/27 morning trip again.
    For those of you that have signed up you can either notify Oceanic Society to reschedule for 1. that date 2. a different date of your choosing 3. refund
    For those of you that had wanted to go but missed our trip tomorrow due to time conflicts and the 27th works: To sign up DO NOT make your reservation/pay online, please call to let them know you are a SF ACS member, that way you will get your membership discount.

    Once again we are so sorry for the cancellation and date change, but we want to be able to "See the whales" and have fun!

    Look forward to seeing you there.

    Lynette R. Koftinow
    President San Francisco Bay chapter
    American Cetacean Society

    April 12, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    For those of you attending our wonderful 4/13 Whale watching trip please be sure to call the confirmation line Saturday morning @[masked] to confirm that the boat is going out. There have been strong winds some days and if conditions are too rough the trip is cancelled and we will reschedule. I'm sure this won't happen, but just to make sure. The information will be available to call at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.
    For any of you still wanting to come, you can call the Oceanic office @ 256-9604. There were 2 spaces left at 3:30pm today.
    See you there!

    April 11, 2013

  • Lynette R. K.

    Hello everyone
    I have just spoken with the Oceanic Society. There are ONLY 4 spaces left. If you have not made a reservation and paid BE Sure to do so today. Call 256-9604. Let them know you are with SF Bay ACS. Look forward to seeing you on board!

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first whale watching boat trip! Can't wait. Any advice on avoiding sea-sickness?

    March 28, 2013

    • Lynn V.

      Hi Diana. Take Bonine - not dramamine. Bonine is non-drowsy and really works well. Take 1st dose 1 hour before boarding boat. Also eat fruit. Sip liquids. No booze Friday night. Whale watching is a BLAST! Enjoy!

      April 8, 2013

  • Lynn V.

    Can't wait - this will be wonderful!

    February 15, 2013

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