All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat.
For our first trip of the day we headed west towards the Golden Gate Bridge. We had an outgoing tide and strong southern winds. There were many threatening rainclouds.
We were just outside the bridge when we saw a spout near the north tower. The tide was sucking us out quickly, so we positioned ourselves inside the bridge to observe the whale. The gray whale was coming up infrequently and staying close to the rocks near the tower.
As we floated, another crew member spotted a whale near Crissy Field. We went towards that whale.
As we floated near Crissy Field, we watched as the rain approached from the ocean. The rain passed over us and eventually it cleared back up beyond the Strait.
On our second trip we headed back towards the Golden Gate Strait. We spotted a couple of spouts between Baker Beach and the South tower.
We still had an outgoing tide pulling us west, but we were able to float in neutral and have one whale in front of us and one behind us. There was a third whale even farther west.
A few times the gray whale closest to the bridge approached within 70 yards of us.
There were lots of birds, seals, and porpoises near the bridge as well.
On our last trip of the day we found two gray whales between Fort Mason and Crissy Field.
Both animals stayed close to shore.
The tide started to come in, so we positioned ourselves west of the whales and let the current push us alongside them.
We saw several large ships pass by us.