Sightings Report: April 18, 2018

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

As we headed out into San Francisco Bay, we heard reports of a whale by the Golden Gate Bridge. We moved towards the Golden Gate Strait, looking for any signs of a spout. On our way we spotted a California sea lion. 

 A sea lion flips on its back.

A sea lion flips on its back.

I spotted the whale 500 yards behind us, close to St. Francis Yacht Club. We slowly approached, noting the heart shaped blow.

 A gray whale's back.

A gray whale's back.

We saw another spout closer to Fort Mason, suggesting there were two gray whales in the area. 

We floated in neutral near the yacht club. We saw the whale spouting close to the shore in only 27 feet of water. There were big plumes of mud coming out from behind the whales, indicating feeding.

At one point a whale came within 50 yards, circling the boat. 

We watched the two whales for a while as the wind began to pick up. By the end of the tour the spouts were being blown away very quickly.