From the San Francisco Chronicle
Gray whales are on the move — with their calves in tow.
The majestic marine mammals have begun their springtime migration north along the California coastline, escorting their 1,000-pound newborns from Baja’s shallow lagoons to Alaska’s arctic waters.
The whales’ northbound voyage takes them closer to shore than their southern sojourn, meaning Bay Area residents may catch a glimpse of the mottled giants with or without binoculars (though binoculars are recommended). The parade of migrating pairs peaks between now and mid-May.
Marine experts recommend heading out in the morning hours, when the sun is angled away from the water, and scanning the ocean’s surface for the telltale puffs of steam rising from the whales’ blowholes. If you’re whale watching near the bay, it’s a good idea to go during a rising tide, when currents bring them closer in. Before heading out to the coast, it’s a good idea to check surf zone forecasts and coastal advisories.
Here are seven locations that offer the best chance of spotting whales.
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