Sightings Report: August 9, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours Vessel Kitty Kat

2pm:

My first spout of the day was just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. We approached slowly and stopped 150 yards away.

 Fluke just outside the bridge. 

Fluke just outside the bridge. 

 Humpback in front of Cavallo Point. 

Humpback in front of Cavallo Point. 

The humpback we spotted had been moving east. At the next spout it surfaced at Cavallo Point near the Coast Guard Station. We watched it from a few hundred yards away 

The whale  moved towards Sausalito, and we spotted it several times between Sausalito and Angel Island. 

We had a large amount of bird, harbor porpoise, and harbor seal activity in an average of about 200 feet of water. We saw one lunge feed and many fluke dives from this whale. 

5pm: 

While we were getting our next group, the wind picked up to 20-25 knots. The water in the Golden Gate Strait was rough, and large swells and high wind added some challenges to spotting whales, since sometimes spouts were blown away or blocked from view by the swell. We saw one whale by the Golden Gate Bridge and two farther out between Mile Rock and Point Bonita. 

 A fluke dive in the Golden Gate Strait.

A fluke dive in the Golden Gate Strait.

 A common murre with his chick. 

A common murre with his chick. 

Two large ships passed us, and the whales were elusive. At one point I saw two small breaches from the whale close to the bridge, but it wasn't located again. We saw many harbor porpoise and a lot of bird activity on this trip. 

All sightings were reported to the Coast Guard and to NOAA using the Whale Alert app. 

 Ships in the strait. 

Ships in the strait. 

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