Cetaceans are highly specialized mammals with numerous adaptations that make them well-suited for living in water, a group of marine mammals. Including baleen whales (gray whales, right whales, fin whales, blue whales, minke whales) and toothed whales (river dolphins, narwhals, porpoises and dolphins).
You likely already know about the sea lions of Pier 39, but they’re just one of many marine mammals you can spot in the San Francisco Bay and along the Pacific Coast. This month, countless gray whales pass through the Bay Area on their annual migration south, and elephant seals return here to
The US Navy is planning to increase training exercises off the Southern California coast, including sonar and explosives training. That’s raising concerns for whales and marine mammals on the entire coast including gray, humpback and blue whales. (Jason Isley/Scubazoo)