Team Porpoise! Filmmaker Lisa Strong, NWF California Director Beth Pratt, and Golden Gate Cetacean Research scientist Bill Keener.

To welcome the porpoise back to the San Francisco Bay, we filmed a fun video of NWF’s California Director running around San Francisco in a porpoise costume. You can view the porpoise sitting in Ferlinghetti’s chair at City Lights Bookstore, shopping at Berkeley Bowl, riding a cable car, dancing on the ferry to Alcatraz and in many more familiar spots.

Filmmaker Lisa Strong donated a large amount of time to this project and even wrote the porpoise theme song, “Back in the Bay.” The talented rapper A-1 lent his voice for accompaniment and donated the studio time to record the song. Alyson Lee, our fabulous designer, did an amazing job on the logo.

Our special thanks to the following people, organizations and businesses who made the video possible by not thinking we were crazy when we asked if we could stop by their location with a porpoise in tow!

Alcatraz Cruises: Dave Merten, Chuck and the Clipper crew who all had the dance moves!

Aquarium of the Bay: Marisa Binder and all of her enthusiastic staff

berkeley bowlBerkeley Bowl: Diane Yasuda and the fresh fish counter employees

City Lights Booksellers and the customer who was sitting Ferlinghetti’s chair

Classic Cable Car Sightseeing: Jeff Thorpe and the staff who didn’t freak out when we showed up unannounced in a porpoise costume.

Dr Toy: Stevanne Auerbach

Fog Harbor Fish House: For the warm drinks, great service and delicious food in between takes on a cold day

Folkmanis, Inc: Elaine Kollias

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Nicki Phelps and the cool Round House staff


Heyday Books: Malcolm Margolin and the staff that didn’t flee when we showed up

Kimi Kodani Hill, for driving and coordinating, and Anthony and Ben for dancing

National Park Service: James Sword and Alex Picavet

city lightsSan Francisco Film Commission: Janet Austin

San Francisco Travel: Laurie Armstrong