Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On our first trip of the day we headed out parallel to the shipping lane. We ended up finding a humpback whale a few hundred yards southwest of the shipping lane buoys.
The whale was feeding in an area with a lot of boat activity, including everything from large container ships to small outboard motor fishing boats.
We were not seeing fluke dives from this animal except for one shallow dive. It was feeding in 60 feet of water. We did see some lunge feeding, though!
We were able to spend about 45 minutes with this animal. There were also porpoises and seabirds in the area as well.
On our next trip we found humpback whales in almost the exact same spot. This time there were about 5 whales in the area.
The whales were feeding in 51 feet of water. There were fluke dives and lunge feeds from the animals, who moved pretty continuously over the trip.
We had birds, porpoises, and lots of ship traffic in the area as well.
We also spotted one breach on this trip.