A whale was spotted in San Francisco Bay on Thursday afternoon near Pier 39, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.
The whale was traveling east in the San Francisco Bay when it was seen around 3:30 p.m.
Coast Guard officials said a whale sighting in San Francisco Bay is fairly common in January.
Marin County-based Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said this time of year marks the gray whale migration. The whales are heading down to Baja. Read More
Killer dolphins bent on ocean domination could be lurking in the waters off San Francisco, preying on smaller sea creatures in what might be a classic battle over territorial rights. Read More
A sea lion that crossed U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame on Saturday after being shot in the face was euthanized Wednesday, a spokesman for the Marine Mammal Center said.
The female sea lion, named "Broadway Bound" for the route she took toward the Highway 101 Broadway off-ramp, was euthanized after preliminary tests indicated that she might suffer from toxic algae poisoning along with the gunshot wound, center spokesman Jim Oswald said. Read More
A sea lion who was rescued after crossing U.S. Highway 101 in Burlingame on Saturday is still recovering from the incident -- as well as from an apparent gunshot wound.
Named "Broadway Bound" for the route she took toward the Highway 101 Broadway off-ramp on Saturday, veterinarians have determined that the sea lion is female and that she recently suffered a bullet wound to her face, Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said Monday. Read More
A sea lion found on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf suffering from a gunshot wound last week was euthanized Thursday night.The California sea lion, dubbed King Neptune, was put down after tests determined that his condition had deteriorated significantly, officials with the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said. Read More
Marine mammal rescuers are asking for the public's help in spotting two sea lions that became entangled in ocean trash and eluded several attempts at capture.
The sea lions -- a juvenile weighing about 200 pounds, and an older animal weighing roughly 400 pounds -- were spotted on San Francisco's Pier 39 with strands of wire or plastic wrapped around their necks, Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said. Read More
The blind sea lion who made headlines last year when he was shot in the face may soon be entertaining the masses from a pool at the San Francisco Zoo with another sightless sidekick. Silent Knight, who was found on a Sausalito beach Dec. 8 with a gunshot wound to the head, could be coupled with Henry, a pinniped with an eye disease who nearly died from starvation off the shores of Crescent City about nine months ago. Read More
A California sea lion found shot in the head at a Sausalito beach earlier this month will not be returning to the wild after an examination at the Marine Mammal Center on Monday found that he is completely blind. Read More
A California sea lion remains in critical but stable condition at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center on Friday after being found on a beach with a gunshot wound to his head, a spokesman for the center said.Silent Knight — named for his regal demeanor with a nod to the holiday season — is receiving painkillers and is going to be under close observation by on-site veterinarians for the next 24 to 72 hours, spokesman Jim Oswald said. Read More
Three California sea lions will be going “home for the holidays” Thursday when they are released from the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center and allowed to return to the wild, a center spokesman said.The sea lions, all young males, have recovered from various maladies and will be released at Rodeo Beach, located in the Marin Headlands just west of the Golden Gate Bridge, center spokesman Jim Oswald said. Read More