Sightings Report: August 29, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

8am: 

For our first trip of the day we headed under the Golden Gate Bridge and up the south side of the Golden Gate Strait. As we passed Baker Beach, I saw a spout on the north side near Diablo Cove. We approached very slowly and stopped 250 yards away. 

 Humpback fluke.

Humpback fluke.

The humpback was feeding in just over 100 feet of water. We saw both fluke dives and long dives where no fluke was shown. 

 Humpback fluke.

Humpback fluke.

The whale slowly worked its way southeast with the incoming tide, making its way towards Baker Beach. 

 Humpback surfacing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in front of Alcatraz.

Humpback surfacing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in front of Alcatraz.

There was some bird activity above the diving whale and lots of porpoise activity in the strait. It was very cold and foggy on this trip. 

11am: 

On our second trip of the day we expected the whales to continue to move in with the incoming tide. We saw a spout 1000 yards away while we were still inside the bay. The swell was rougher than our previous trip and we moved slowly as we approached. 

We turned our stern into the swell and waited for the whale to surface again. We were surprised by 2 big tail slaps 150 yards away from the boat. 

 The aftermath of the tail slap. 

The aftermath of the tail slap. 

The whale worked its way towards the bridge with the tide, and we saw it do many fluke dives from at least 200 yards away. We floated in neutral. 

As we floated, the whale slowly got closer and closer before finally surfacing within 70 yards of our boat.

It seemed to be circling our stern, and did three more dive sequences within 100 yards of our boat. 

There was a lot of harbor porpoise activity in this area as well. When the whale was far enough away, we slowly left the area and headed back to port. 

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic. 

 Whale watchers and a humpback fluke.

Whale watchers and a humpback fluke.

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