Sightings Report: October 8, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

The forecast called for winds between 25-35 knots and swells 11-17 feet, so we decided to check the conditions before going far offshore. On our way out to the open ocean, we picked up two mylar balloons. 

Outside the Golden Gate Strait, there was a large swell but little wind, allowing us to continue to the end of the shipping lane. We saw California sea lions resting on a buoy as a large container ship passed by. We thought we saw a spout, but we had to exit the shipping lane so the ship could pass. When it was gone, we were unable to relocate the spout. 

We made a large circle, attempting to reacquire the whale. We were eventually notified by the Pilot Vessel that humpback whales were one mile northeast of buoys 1 and 2. 

 Humpback fluke.

Humpback fluke.

We found 3 whales in that area, feeding around the distinct tide line. We saw a few fluke dives from the whales, but the large swell made viewing difficult. We were able to observe a few tail slaps as well. 

 The aftermath of a tail slap. A bit of the fluke is visible through the spray.

The aftermath of a tail slap. A bit of the fluke is visible through the spray.

The rest of the day was devoted to Fleet Week's Blue Angels show. 

Whale sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic. 

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