Sightings Report: September 30, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

We made our way offshore for this trip against 30 knots of wind and a large northwestern swell between 8-10 feet. It was rough water, but we knew from reports that the whales were 14 miles out, just north of the shipping lane. 

 Humpback about to tail slap.

Humpback about to tail slap.

When we arrived, we found one humpback. The whale slapped its tail several times, then breached over and over again. We positioned ourselves with the whale and the swell at our stern as it continued to breach 200 yards away. 

 Another powerful tail slap.

Another powerful tail slap.

We were also able to sight harbor porpoises on this trip, as well as California sea lions from the shipping lane buoys. 

The sighting was reported to Vessel Traffic. 

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