By Month - Jan
for the blows of gray whales migrating south through the Gulf
of the Farallones Sanctuary and the Monterey Bay National
Marine Sanctuary in December and January. Pregnant females
come first, swimming along the coastline and are visible from
shore as they head for the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico
for calving and mating.
elephant seals arrive at their breeding colonies
(Ano Nuevo State Reserve and Piedras Blancas beach) in the
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Two-ton adult bulls
arrive first and fight among themselves for dominant positions;
as pregnant females come on shore, they join harems of the
highest-ranking bulls. Elephant seal pupping season on San
Miguel Island. December and January, Channel Islands Sanctuary.
of the Farallones Sanctuary place decoys and play vocalizations
to attract Common Murres to two restoration sites: Devil's
Slide Rock and Point San Pedro.
right whales calve off the Georgia and Northern Florida Coasts.
Gray's Reef Staff will be standing by to assist New England
Aquarium and Georgia Department of Natural Resources teams
should they need help in aerial surveys and/or strandings.
begins to spawn in San Francisco and Tomales Bays, Gulf of
the Farallones Sanctuary
seal pupping season in the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary,
through March. Also Northern fur seals migrate and concentrate
offshore, approximately one fur seal per square kilometer.
water fowl migrate through, 100,000's of ducks and geese rest
and feed in the lagoons and estuaries in the Gulf of the Farallones
Sanctuary and northern portion of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
sharks and spotted eagle rays begin arriving in the Flower
Garden Banks Sanctuary.