Sightings Report: June 20, 2018

Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat. 

2pm: 

It was a bit windy as we headed out for the 2pm trip. The whales had been elusive for the last couple of days, so we were focused on finding a spout in the strait. 

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Eventually we were able to spot a humpback near Mile Rock. After losing and relocating it a couple times, we were able to position ourselves above the whale and allow the tide, wind, and swell to push us both towards the Golden Gate Bridge. 

The whale was feeding as it moved east. We also saw common murres with anchovies in their beaks. 

We eventually left the whale close to Baker Beach. 

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5pm:

We expected that on this trip the whale would still be near Baker Beach. In fact it had moved in even closer, and was feeding underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. 

We saw several fluke dives and a lot of bird activity over the whale. It was the same humpback as the previous trip. 

Over the course of the trip, the whale moved slowly towards Kirby Cove on the north side of the Golden Gate Strait. We left it as it headed back out to the middle of the strait. 

The sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic.

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