Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On our afternoon trip, we found a gray whale outside of the Golden Gate Strait. We followed it north towards Point Bonita. It was travelling and would reappear far from the previous spouts. We lost the spout for a few minutes before reacquiring the whale near the lighthouse.
We saw several harbor porpoises near our boat, along with a large amount of bird activity.
Five container ships passed us over the course of the trip.
On our next trip we headed out in hopes of finding a humpback. We went twelve miles west through the shipping lane, noting some traffic.
We went down the south side of the lane, then paused near Mile Rock. At that point our captain noticed a spout near Point Bonita.
We approached and found a single humpback. The whale breached twice before diving.
It resurfaced slightly farther west and did a large tail slap, followed by another breach.
As the whale moved west, we turned around and headed back to port.