Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On this trip we started with less than an eighth of a mile of visibility. We searched through dense fog all the way through the shipping lane. We were seeing a few birds and sea lions, but no whales.
After a while, it began to open up a little. As we started to turn to go home, we found a humpback whale directly west of the shipping lane, about 13 miles offshore.
The whale was in about 100 feet of water. We saw some fluke dives and one tail slap from the animal.
There were fishing vessels present nearby and we spotted bait on the fish finder, so it is likely the whale was feeding. We spent about 25 minutes with the animal before returning to port.