Sightings Report: September 3, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat


On this trip we spotted whales just inside Point Bonita as we came up the south side of the strait. We carefully approached and found there were two humpbacks in between Point Bonita and Mile Light.

We saw several fluke dives, as well as harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and California sea lions. A few of the fluke dives were within 100 yards of us. We floated in neutral as we observed. 


There was a good deal of boat traffic, including many sailboats and some container ships. We also noted a parasitic jaeger attempting to force an elegant tern to regurgitate its lunch so it could steal the food. This was the first time I have seen the parasitic jaeger this year. More jaegers were spotted later in the trip. 

Parasitic Jaeger with elegant tern.

Parasitic Jaeger with elegant tern.

When it was time to leave the area, we slowly began to move away. The closest whale was around 150 yards away. It began to parallel us and swam next to us for about five minutes before returning to the other whale behind us. We continued to move slowly until we were at least half a mile away from the whales. 

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic. 


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