Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Visiting Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Wildlife Watching

wildlife watching Commercial trips to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary are not offered regularly. Yearly, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary co-sponsors a field seminar with Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Field Institute to introduce participants to the offshore wildlife that makes Cordell Bank so special.

Check our events calendar for dates.

Field Seminar Description:

whale watching Pelagic wildlife expeditions to the sanctuary will be led by experienced on the water naturalists/marine biologists. As we cruise out to the bank region, we may encounter pods of Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoise, blue and humpback whales, California and Steller sea lions, elephant seals and numerous seabirds such as shearwaters, albatross, skuas, jaegers, rhinocerous auklets and/or puffins and more. We will enjoy and learn about whatever the ocean offers that day, be it seabirds, marine mammals, blue sharks, jellies, or more! While visiting the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, we should all have opportunities to make memorable connections with much of the wildlife that make this sanctuary so special.

seminar NOTE: The boat trip is a full day excursion. The boat leaves from Bodega Bay early in the morning and we will travel almost 100 miles in 9 hours. This is an open ocean excursion and the condition of the surface of the sea may be very rough. PERSONAL DISCRETION IS HIGHLY ADVISED!!!


Wildlife Watching Resources

marine mammals icon Marine Mammals
of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary


seabirds icon Seabirds
of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary


View past species lists and field seminar highlights

Ocean Etiquette

Reading List for Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Region (112 kb PDF)
Download a reading list that includes books, articles, websites to learn more about the diverse natural history of the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones Region

Species List for trips to Cordell Bank NMS (includes species typically seen close to shore in transit) (72 kb PDF)