Sightings Report: September 9, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Happy Days

9am: 

We found the humpbacks in the middle of the shipping lane, near buoys 3/4. There were two humpbacks diving and feeding in 40 feet of water. 

There was some bird activity near the whales, as well as some shipping activity. We spotted a sooty shearwater. There was significant swell, but no wind. 

 Humpback with distinctive dorsal fin.

Humpback with distinctive dorsal fin.

One whale approached within 100 yards of us. We saw very few fluke dives. We also spotted a mola mola, or sunfish, feeding on a jellyfish. 

 Humpback fluke.

Humpback fluke.

California sea lions were spotted on the shipping lane buoys. One more humpback was spotted near the junction buoy on our way back in. 

 California sea lions on the shipping lane buoys 3 and 4.

California sea lions on the shipping lane buoys 3 and 4.

We also saw a parasitic jaeger harassing a group of elegant terns. All whale sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic.

 Parasitic jaeger with elegant terns.

Parasitic jaeger with elegant terns.

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