All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
We headed out into the bay as the fog slowly started to creep in. On our way out to the bridge we spotted a sea lion with salmon and many birds trying to steal the leftovers, as well as many harbor porpoises.
When we made it out to Mile Rock, we found feeding 5-6 humpbacks spouting and fluking. Right as a large container ship approached, one individual began tail slapping and continued for 30-40 seconds, the sound echoing off of the cliffs.
There was an immense amount of bird activity, and we saw a few groups of 15-20 brown pelicans flying west in formation.
By the time we headed out for our 6pm tour, the fog had set on the water, reducing visibility to just 200 yards. This made it much more challenging to find whales, since the spout is almost the same color as the fog. We slowly headed out to the spot where the whales were last sighted and luckily found three just beyond Mile Rock. They were fluking and spouting, but stayed at least 100 yards away from where we floated.
This trip was extremely cold - I could even see my breath at one point! I enjoyed the challenging conditions, though, since it made it even more exciting once we found the whales.
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