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Whales showing up off Bodega Head

Friday, July 15th, 2011 | Posted by

By GUY KOVNER

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Gray whales are back on view off Bodega Head.

“It’s a fantastic phenomenon,” said Rick Powers, a veteran Bodega Bay boat captain.

A Pacific Gray Whale makes its way along the coastline off of Bodega Head on Friday. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

“They are out there as we speak,” Powers said Friday morning.

About eight to 10 of the marine leviathans are hanging around off the coastal promontory at the mouth of Bodega Bay.

Powers runs a whale-watching boat that gets customers close the the whales, but they are also readily visible from land.

Last summer was a banner year for whale-watching, drawing crowds to Bodega Head to watch the huge mammals breaking the surface 100 yards offshore.

Whale-watching season on the Sonoma Coast is normally from January to May, when gray whales migrate north. But they sometimes stick around if the conditions are favorable, experts say.

  • Scott Hale

    The Pacific Gray Whale is presently headed south not north and will head north in the spring.

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Andrea Granahan is our Bodega area correspondent.
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