Sightings Report: September 17, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

3pm: 

It was rough in the Golden Gate Strait as we headed out to find the whales. We found a spout by Point Bonita. Since we were on the south side of the strait, we waited until a large barge had passed between us and the whale before we approached it. 

 Tug with barge.

Tug with barge.

We approached slowly and stopped 150 yards away. The whale surfaced several times, mostly doing dives without showing the fluke. At one point the whale did a fluke dive 50 yards from us.

The whale was diving in 100 feet of water with 25 feet of anchovies packed below the surface. 

 Humpback near Point Bonita.

Humpback near Point Bonita.

Near the end of our trip, the whale started heading west. We slowly moved east until the whale was half a mile away, then came up to speed. 

 Humpback heading west.

Humpback heading west.

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic.

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