Category: Whales

Whale Watching Time at Point Reyes

Winter is a great time to visit Point Reyes and one of the major reasons is whale watching. The gray whales migrate past and the elephant seals return to the Point Reyes Headlands. Check the video below for a terrific video of some lucky individuals who saw some whales. But please note that lots of…



Whale Watching at Point Reyes: Good Overview

Marin Mommies has a good overview of whale watching at Point Reyes: Probably the best place to see the whale migration is at the Point Reyes Lighthouse, since it’s at the point where the Point Reyes Peninsula juts farthest into the Pacific Ocean. Chimney Rock, on the opposite side of the ridge from the lighthouse,…



Seals, Whales and the Bus

As winter arrives, we’ll be seeing the Northern elephant seals (lounging in certain areas) and Pacific gray whales (migrating past the peninsula) return to the Point Reyes area. This wildlife also brings lots of visitors and the return of the shuttle bus system that takes folks out to Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse. The shuttle…



Wildflowers Peaking and Mother-Calf Whale Migration

What’s happening in the park in late April 2009. The rains means more wildflowers! Chimney Rock is in peak condition, with the yellow Indian Paintbrush coming in. The pastures at Bear Valley are purple with tiny Sky Lupines. There are rumors of dogwood flowering on Bear Valley Trail. Poison Oak is also enjoying a banner…



Whale Watching and Spring Flowers

What’s happening in the park in late March 2009. Sounds like whale watching can be real hit or miss: “one day 5-10 per hour – the next day fog and wind and no whales to been seen! On calm days, excellent viewing from the Lighthouse area but with recent winds and fogs, numbers have been…



Migrating gray whales; Bear Valley photo show; Abbots Lagoon dune restoration

What’s happening in the park in early March 2009. Northern migrating gray whales are moving past the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock in large numbers – up to 10 an hour seen over the weekend days helped by the warm calm weather. Elephant seal numbers continue to decline though a large bull parked himself in front…



What’s Going On in the Park: early Oct 2008

Here are some highlights from the National Park Service Park Wavelengths newsletter: Young elephant seals have made an early appearance at Chimney Rock ; about 40 sub-adults (rowdy teenagers!) are on the beach practicing their wrestling and noisemaking skills in preparation for the winter breeding season Humpback whale sightings off Limantour and Agate Beaches continue…



Warm Weather = Marine Mammal Viewing

The 9/9/2008 Park Wavelengths newsletter points out that the recent warm weather means you may be able to catch breaching minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises from Limantour Beach.  Get out there!  Here is the rest of the newsletter: The full moon rises on September 15 at 2:13 am.  This moon brings some very…



January in Point Reyes… what to do?

Turns out there is plenty to do in January in Point Reyes. On a nice, sunny day, the beaches and hikes are as pleasant as ever. Just bring another layer and get started a little earlier. Once the sun goes down early, it can get chilly. But January also brings unique opportunities for those of…