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Sightings Report: July 18, 2019

Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

11am:

On our first trip of the day we headed west towards the end of the shipping lane. There we found one humpback whale feeding in 86 feet of water.

We spotted birds hovering over the whale and anchovies on the fish finder. There were some fishing boats nearby the whale as well.

From some quick looks at the whale’s fluke, we were able to identify the individual as Lotus.

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It was foggy, but we had decent sea conditions for viewing the whale. We stayed with the animal for about 40 minutes.

2pm:

On our next trip we returned to the same spot and found the same whale, Lotus, still feeding in 94 feet of water.

Another whale had joined Lotus. We also saw splashes and spouts from whales in the distance.

The fishing boats were still present in the area.

Sightings Report: June 29, 2019

Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat.

9am:

On our first trip of the day we had calm, sunny conditions. We found whales several miles west of Stinson Beach.

There were about four whales in the area, which was around 110 feet deep.

We saw lots of activity in this area from birds, fishermen, and whales. There were also anchovies on the fish finder. The whales were lunge feeding and gave a few fluke dives.

From one fluke we were able to identify #38 in our catalog.

We stayed with these animals for about 30 minutes.

12pm:

By our next trip, the conditions had deteriorated and we had a lot more wind. We returned to the same spot as earlier and found two humpback whales feeding near some small fishing vessels.

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