Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat.
On this rainy morning, we headed off towards Richardson Bay, where we’d heard reports of whales. When we were east of Angel Island, crew member Joey spotted a spout to the east. We waited while large ships and ferries passed us, seeing a few distant spouts.
After we waited a while, we heard another report of a whale back near Pier 39. We headed towards our harbor and looked for spouts. When we couldn’t find any, we headed west towards Crissy Field, where we spotted the spouts of two gray whales.
The whales were several hundred yards apart and would often come up one at a time. They generally stayed in the same place for the whole trip.
The whales both were doing fluke dives relatively close to shore. The average depth of the water in the area was estimated to be around 60 feet.
After watching the two gray whales dive near St. Francis Yacht Club and Fort Mason, we headed out towards the Golden Gate Bridge, where we saw porpoises, seals, and sea lions before heading back to port.