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Sightings Report: April 25, 2019

Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

8am:

On our first trip of the day we had a westerly wind and a creeping fog making its way into the bay. We headed to the east side of Angel Island, where we were protected from the wind. There we found a gray whale.

The gray whale was diving every seven minutes or so and stayed in the same area for the whole trip. We floated in neutral for most of the trip.

We also saw seabirds, including a pair of Bonaparte’s Gulls.

11am:

On our next trip, we spotted a spout between Alcatraz and Angel Island. It was windy in this area, so the spouts were blown down quickly. Fog was creeping in over Marin and through the Golden Gate Bridge.

2pm:

On this trip we received reports from the Coast Guard of a spout near Blossom Rock. We went to check it out but were unable to locate a whale in that area.

We made our way around the bay to Sausalito, then went through Raccoon Straits. We paused on the east side of Angel Island. As we waited, we saw a spout.

We saw the gray whale come up a few times, but it stayed away from our boat.