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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Education :: Visitor Center
    pelt of a sea otter and feel the saw like teeth of a white shark Hands on activities create an intimate experience with our marine world that promotes understanding appreciation and underscores the importance of our protected marine sanctuaries Located at the west end of Crissy Field a stones throw from the Golden Gate Bridge and right on the edge of the sandy beach the Visitor Center is an incredible resource for students of the Bay Area We offer a range of programs for Pre K through 12 that compliment California school standards and excite young people in learning about and exploring the marine environment Choose a particular emphasis such as tidepools whales or the sharks of the sanctuary or focus on key concepts that include adaptations food webs life cycles or ecosystems As students understand and define their roles and impacts in the natural world a sense of stewardship is developed so that decisions they make today help conserve and protect our marine sanctuaries for the future Schedule a Visit The Visitor Center is open for educational programs Monday to Friday from 10am 4pm Programs are generally two hours in length and custom programs are available Group size is

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News :: Shannon's Boat Blog :: November 21, 2005
    hours By the end I am sure we will all be trying to keep ourselves busy in the darkness Upon leaving the coast we cruised northwest past the Farallon Islands Yesterday our transect line took us about 200 miles out to sea We finished our northern most lines and last night we transited south We are now west of Monterey Bay Two more days and we will be south of Pt Conception which means even if the seas pick up we should be ok Yesterday was windy and cold but the swells have not been big It is amazing how the further you get away from land the fewer animals you see So far on the trip we have had Dall s porpoise common dolphin Risso s dolphin humpback whale minke whale and beaked whales As luck would have it I was not on shift when we saw the minke or beaked whales and by the time I ran up top they were gone Kind of the luck of the draw as to what you will see So far my favorite has been the common dolphins they appear out of nowhere in these huge schools They leap into the air

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News :: Shannon's Boat Blog :: Thanksgiving, 2005
    probably short beaked common whistling It was so wild and magical We then went down to the very bottom of the ship in the bow where they have a couple observation windows You climb down two hatches then down ladders into this little compartment with a mattress You lay down on your stomach and you look through these portholes Unfortunately we could not see the dolphins but we had an incredible light show made by nature and the bioluminescence Awesome I will have to go back down there during the day to get good looks at the animals through the water Yesterday we were very close to land only about 4 miles off of Piedras Blancas although we never could see land First thing in the morning there were 5 humpbacks We launched the small boat and successfully got four biopsy samples Then suddenly it turned into Animal Kingdom there were sea lions and three species of dolphins and birds everywhere The small boat was so close to the whales that when one of whales tail slapped the scientists got sprayed AH I can t wait until the next launch it will finally be my turn to go out and see some animals Monday night the oceanographers released ARGO a 16 000 piece of equipment This is the wave of the future about 2 000 have been deployed around the world as part of a huge international collaboration It is a CTD see beloe which goes down to 2 000 meters and then comes to the surface after 10 days transmits all of the data via satellite and then goes back down to the depths It does this for 6 years pretty impressive Saw my first fin whales and streakers Striped Dolphin The birds have been kind of slow but

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News :: Shannon's Boat Blog :: November 27, 2005
    finally was able to get some sleep I think I succumbed to shear exhaustion Friday night a sleeping pill did not even do the trick I pile stuff around me in my bunk to try and stop my body from rolling all over the place But today is sunny and the winds are dying down Thursday I finally got to go out in the small boat I was on the phone with my parents when the animals were spotted the captain allowed us all a 10 minute call home on the iridium phone and Jessica the crusie leader found me We launched on grampas Risso s dolphins which are actually some of the bigger dolphins out there with large dorsal fins The older animals are all scratched up to the point where they appear white underwater There were 5 of us on board the small boat and we were trying to get close enough to get a biospy sample Unfortunately grampas are very skittish and sly and every time we would get close they would disappear We even tried Rodeo Style which is literally charging into the group as fast as you can Well that did not work Finally we figured out that if we got in front of them slowed down and waited then they would come up to us We tried a few times but were unable to get a sample We did get good pictures though including them breaching which is not very common for this species A tropicbird flew directly overhead Then the sun was setting so we had to go back to the boat It was great to be off the big boat for a while and so close to the animals To get back on though we pulled up next to the David Starr

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News :: Shannon's Boat Blog :: December 2, 2005
    to do the Channel Islands on the last few days because that should be the most happening spot Tuesday was a pretty good day We had a sperm whale sighting It did not get that close to the boat but I got a great view through the big eye binoculars of it s huge dorsal hump We also had a Black footed Albatross follow us for awhile as well as the largest mola mola ocean sunfish I have ever seen about 6 feet It was so nice outside that for dinner we had a huge barbeque on the aft deck including king crab legs and steak We still are encountering huge schools of common dolphins It is funny at first they seem to run from the boat and then it as if they all get the message that not only are we safe but that it is incredibly fun to surf the bow All the sudden they start racing towards the boat in all directions making counting them incredibly difficult The mom and calf pairs are so fun to watch I love that she brings them to surf and they leap out of the water in unison We can not

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: News :: Shannon's Boat Blog :: December 6, 2005
    was even crashing over the flying bridge Our poor boat creaked groaned and rattled but luckily held Unfortunately my stomach did not It was a long day you could barely walk much less read work on a computer or anything else We decided to run from the storm and made it to the Channel Islands by the wee hours on Sunday morning It had completely calmed down it is amazing how fast the weather changes It was great to see landmasses again Sunday we were so close to the coast we could actually read road signs on Hwy 101 through the big eye binoculars We were hoping the Islands would bring us lots of sightings but besides some dolphins it was fairly quiet Sunday night brought bad news our promise of the last few days remaining coastal was ended They wanted us to finish the survey line we had left on Saturday so we turned around and ran all night back offshore It was such a tease to be so close to land and then head west It ended up being worth it though it was the day of baby whales We had a tiny Fin whale probably just weaned from its mother a couple months ago as well as a tiny Humpback that probably still should have been with mom We must have scared the sh out of them they both took huge poops that floated on the surface for awhile The whales were hard to get good looks at They made us turn circle after circle trying to get good photos but both were so close to the boat you could see them underwater We then turned back around and today are off Catalina We can even see the Hollywood sign in L A Lots of dolphins today

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

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  • Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association :: Explore :: Boating
    Purchase a San Francisco Bay sailing trip with Captain Kirk s Sailing Adventures and 25 of the price will be donated to the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Trips for up to six people are a great way to celebrate birthdays anniversaries weddings and graduations with friends and family while helping support the programs of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Trip dates are flexible and prices range from 250 450 See

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