All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On our first trip of the day we headed out with a few reports of gray whales in San Francisco Bay. It was only a few minutes before we found the first spout, just east of our harbor.
The whale was surfacing every few minutes in the ferry lane.
After watching this whale for a while, we continued west and found another whale near Crissy field. This whale was very close to the shore. Neither animal showed its flukes.
On our next trip, we started off west and immediately found a gray whale near Fort Mason. The whale came very close to the shore, swimming in about 30 feet of water.
At one point a whale approached our boat within 100 yards.
We eventually found another whale near Fort Mason, but farther from the shore. We also saw spouts near Crissy Field.
On this trip e headed back towards the spot where we’d left whales on our previous trip. We found one near St. Francis Yacht Club.
While we were enjoying this whale, a young sea lion came up to our boat and swam around it for ten minutes. It leaped in to the air and darted around us, staying within a few feet of the boat.
The whale moved around the Aquatic Park, slowly making its way west.
Eventually we lost it. We thought near the end we saw spouts just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, so we headed that way to try to get one last look. Near the bridge we saw harbor seals, porpoises, tons of bird activity, and a lot of anchovies on our fish finder.