wave.jpgA whale was spotted near San Francisco’s Pier 39 Thursday afternoon, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

The whale was traveling east in the San Francisco Bay when it was seen around 3:30 p.m.

Coast Guard officials said a whale sighting in the bay is fairly common in January.

Marin County-based Marine Mammal Center spokesman Jim Oswald said this time of year marks the gray whale migration. The whales are heading down to Baja.

For onlookers, Oswald advised using caution.

“It’s wonderful to see them,” he said. “Enjoy them from a distance.”

A whale in the area becomes more of a concern when the animals head toward the San Joaquin Delta, where chances of getting stuck are higher, Coast Guard officials said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald is a tool who knows nothing about whales. stick to pinnipeds and mens asses, douche.

  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald is a tool who knows nothing about whales. stick to pinnipeds and mens asses, douche.

  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald is a tool who knows nothing about whales. he should stick to pinnipeds and mens posteriors.

  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald is a tool who knows nothing about whales. he should stick to pinnipeds and mens posteriors.

  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald, the ultimate fake. you really should get that jaw snap looked at, makes you look like a little bitch.

  • youdontknowme

    jim oswald, the ultimate fake. you really should get that jaw snap looked at, makes you look like a little bitch.