Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
We headed out through the shipping lane towards buoys 7/8, where we had last seen whales. We paused and waited, searching all around for the whales. Finally a crew member spotted a spout 500 yards west of us.
We moved towards buoys 5/6, where we found a humpback. The whale was making shallow dives and changing directions constantly.
There was a huge group of birds in the area, many with anchovies in their beaks. A few times the whale approached within 100 yards of our vessel.
At one point during the sighting two large vessels passed through the shipping lane. We went to the opposite side of the lane as the whale, allowing it plenty of space while they passed.
After the ships were gone, we again approached the whale, which was slowly moving west.
We also spotted some harbor porpoises and some habor seals at a distance.