July through October is prime whale watching season here. It's when the Humpbacks and Blue Whales spend time fattening up on krill off of the coast of Northern California before heading back down to Baja to breed. A trip to the Farallon Islands, 27 miles west of San Francisco, can be one of the best ways to get up close to these giants of the sea.
You can get out to the Farallones on tours organized by SF Bay Whale Watching, which depart early in the morning from Fort Mason (weather permitting). The two hour haul to the Farallons is a bit harrowing, which is to say strong stomachs, sea legs (and potentially Dramamine) are required.
If you’ve been following the epic adventures of the Night Train Swimmers, you know they’ve had their eyes set on one prize: swimming between San Francisco and The Farallon Islands. After multiple six-person relay attempts in the frigid, shark-infested waters, the group finally completed two successful crossings of the notorious “Red Triangle” this spring. Now, with the smell of victory still fresh in the air, the group is setting out to do something even more challenging—swim it solo.
Six Local Swimmers to Swim from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge to Raise Money for Wounded Vets
In the realm of bad ass, few things rank higher than swimming from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge, through what's ominously dubbed "The Red Triangle" due to its historically high concentration of Great White Shark attacks. On April 14, a group called The Night Train Swimmers will embark on this epic journey -- swimming 30 miles in 50-degree water to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, The Semper Fi Fund and the Navy Seal Foundation, all of which support and empower wounded veterans.
This Saturday, six Bay Area athletes will attempt something that many (most?) people would consider totally insane: swimming from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge – a 30 mile distance through frigid, great white shark infested waters (fun fact: this region of the California coast is called the “Red Triangle” on account of its famed inhabitants. You know, because red is the color of blood.) They would be the first relay team ever to accomplish the feat.