Sightings Report: October 9, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours Vessel Happy Days

This trip happened on the first day of fires in Santa Rosa. The air was full of smoke and visibility was poor even several nautical miles offshore. 

The swell was around 8 feet. We headed to the spot where the whales were the previous day and found nothing. We made a big circle, heading south, and still found nothing. As we were getting ready to turn east, I spotted a spout behind us. It was very difficult to see next to the smoke. 

We approached slowly and found we were with two humpbacks in 120 feet of water. We saw a few fluke dives from them; several were quite close to the boat. 

 Fluke dive. 

Fluke dive. 

One of the humpbacks had a large scar from a boat propeller on its back. It was completely healed and didn't seem to be affecting the whale's behavior. 

We also spotted sooty shearwaters and a mola mola in this spot. 

 The edge of a humpback fluke.

The edge of a humpback fluke.

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic. 

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