Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
We were headed for the Farallon Islands on this trip. Our weather was good for the first ten miles, but started to get pretty rough once we reached the halfway point. We continued 5 more miles in rough water and found 6 blue whales and one humpback.
The blues surrounded the boat. We saw fluke dives from a few different individuals. A few came within 50 yards of us.
A pair of Cassin's auklets were also spotted nearby.
In the time we spent watching the blue whales, the weather deteriorated significantly, and we decided not to continue the attempt at the islands.
On our way back, we found two humpbacks 12 miles offshore. The two were breaching and fluking in synchrony.
We saw one more humpback as we headed back through the Golden Gate Strait to port.