Everyone loves whales and should love whales, which in the algebra of humanity means lots of bad art must be made featuring whales. Luckily whales are superforgiving and not angry. It would suck if they were angry. (We're talking free-living humpbacks and blues here, not the homicidally furious orca that ate a trainer in 2010.) Local migrating whales are mellow and every bit the glittering, magical, song-singing animals represented in the work of bad artists. During a recent Farallon Islands Whale Watching nature cruise, "participants were able to observe two breaches, 15 tail slaps, backs, dorsal fins, and one humpback rolling on its side, pectoral flipper slapping," according to the organizers website. The nonprofit Oceanic Society runs these twice-weekly trips aboard the Salty Lady; they're eight-hour odysseys that explore the Farallon Islands Wildlife Refuge. Rare birds, pretty dolphins, and interesting fish also show up, but it's the whales who get the love. Just don't come home and think it's okay to make whale art.
Saturdays, Sundays, 8 a.m., 2010