Sightings Report: February 24, 2018

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

On this trip we attempted to reach the Farallon Islands. We started heading north up the California coast, passing California sea lions jostling for a spot on the buoys. 

However, when we turned west and were no longer protected by Point Reyes, we were hit by very strong winds. Our instruments read thirty knots, which was forecasted to increase over the course of the day. The captain decided it was safest to attempt the islands another day. 

We slowly headed back towards the bay, hoping to spot whales on the way back. We spotted several species of birds, including common murres, western grebes, and sooty shearwaters. 

Western Grebes.

Western Grebes.

On our way back we stopped by Diablo Cove to watch the harbor seals resting on the rocks. We also spotted several harbor porpoises. We are hoping for better weather next weekend!