Every day, millions of tons of snowmelt from high up in the Sierras rushes hundreds of miles downstream and pours into the San Francisco Bay. There, it slams into a surge of seawater to form an ecosystem at once constant and constantly changing. It?s there that the photographers and naturalists of SF Bay Whale Watching set out to observe and capture stunning images on daily adventures.
Onboard the stalwart Kitty Kat, captain Joe Nazar skippers wildlife-seeking tours that might spy migrating whales, local sea lions, or killer whales. The spacious deck and large-windowed cabin make beautiful views bountiful. While a naturalist lectures, the ship sails past such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
Each winter, professional surfers migrate to Half Moon Bay to try their luck at riding the massive waves of the Mavericks area. During the competition, the coastline waters are dotted with bobbing surfers and spectator boats. For an up-close look at the waves, Huli Cat Sportfishing & Charter Boat, located at nearby Pillar Point Harbor, transports guests aboard its 53-foot-long vessel, the Huli Cat. The staff captain organizes boat trips to snap photos of jumping humpback whales or to fish for salmon and rockfish. Guests can also schedule coastal tours of Half Moon Bay?s wetlands, which are home to more than 200 species of birds and at least 10 kinds of water.