Sightings Report: August 25, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

2pm: 

We found three humpback whales in the Golden Gate Strait just outside the Golden Gate Bridge. We had three whales in the middle of the strait, with two working on the south side near Baker Beach and one on the north side near Diablo Cove.

 Whale fluking between us and a container ship. 

Whale fluking between us and a container ship. 

I also noticed some more spouts farther out near Mile Rock. At one point I saw a large splash out there which indicated a breach. 

The whales on either side of the strait moved towards the middle. One of the whales was much smaller; I suspected we had a mother and calf.

 Fluke near the pilot boat. 

Fluke near the pilot boat. 

There was a large amount of shipping and harbor porpoise activity on this trip. 

5pm: 

As we pulled away from the dock we noticed lots of bird activity, particularly diving pelicans. We sighted many harbor porpoises in the bay as we made our way towards the bridge. 

 Bird activity outside the pier. 

Bird activity outside the pier. 

We found the same mother-calf pair we had seen on the previous trip. The two humpbacks were feeding near Baker Beach.

A harbor seal and a California sea lion both came close to our boat as we floated in neutral. 

The mother humpback surfaced much more frequently than the calf, who tended to do a single fluke dive before staying down for a while.

The whales were feeding right on the tide line and there were masses of anchovies on the fish finder. There was also a lot of harbor porpoises on this trip. 

 Harbor porpoises.

Harbor porpoises.

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic and to NOAA via the Whale Alert app. 

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