Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On this tour we headed 8.5 miles offshore, just west of the shipping lane. We were alerted by the Pilot vessel to the presence of whales in the area.
We were positioned outside the lane with views of at least eight humpbacks in the area.
One whale repeatedly breached close to fishing boats. We also observed the whale slapping its pectoral fins and its tail.
There were anchovies at the surface and lots of feeding birds in the area.
We spotted parasitic, pomarine, and long-tailed jaegers attempting to steal food from other birds.
We were able to catch a whiff of whale breath on this trip as well.
The fishing fleet was close by, and we saw a few whales approach the fishing vessels.
We also had a few ships pass by us.