Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On this trip we headed straight out west in some windy weather. We found two humpback whales in the shipping lane between buoys 5 and 3.
The whales were feeding in 38 feet of water. We saw several lunge feeds from these animals.
The fishing fleet was in the area and we saw some large ships pass by us. We did not see fluke dives from these animals.
One of the whales was closer than the other and stayed in pretty much the same area for 45 minutes. After we found the whale, we floated in neutral the whole time. We did not need to change gears to approach, since the whale was staying within 150 yards of us for the entire trip.
We also saw some porpoises and bird activity in the area.