bottlenose dolphin

Sightings Report: May 14, 2018

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Happy Days

8am: 

We found two bottlenose dolphins just past the Golden Gate Bridge. One was slightly larger than the other. They were bow riding and spinning underneath us. 

We continued out through the straight and past the demarcation line. Just past the line we found two humpbacks. 

The humpbacks stayed about 200 yards away and were slowly moving in. 

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The weather was cold and foggy, but the waters were calm. 

11am: 

The weather was the same as we headed out on our second trip of the day. Outside the bridge we saw several harbor porpoises going in all directions. We saw some California sea lions as well. 

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We continued on to Point Bonita, where we saw two spouts. 

We followed along the tide line for a bit, but were unable to relocate the spouts. 

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Suddenly I saw a breach to the south. We headed that way and saw a humpback slapping the water with its pectoral fin, followed by a fluke dive.

The whale disappeared for another fifteen minutes, then reappeared 1000 yards offshore. We were able to get one last look before heading in. 

Sightings Report: October 3, 2017

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Happy Days

On this trip we started to make our way out past the shipping lane where the whales had been spotted all week. However, we barely made it to the start of the lane when I found a spout. 

California sea lions resting on the shipping lane buoy.

California sea lions resting on the shipping lane buoy.

It was a single humpback feeding near shipping lane buoys 7 and 8. We saw no fluke dives from this whale. After a while we spotted another humpback feeding some distance away. The two whales continued to dive south of the shipping lane. 

After we had floated with the whales for a while, we turned around and headed towards Diablo Cove to check out the harbor seals. 

On our way back  into the bay, I spotted a pair of bottlenose dolphins, potentially a mother and calf pair. There were also some harbor porpoises nearby. 

Coast Guard planes engaged in training maneuvers.  

Coast Guard planes engaged in training maneuvers.  

All sightings were reported to Vessel Traffic. 

If you were on one of these trips and have photos, send them in to info.whalegirl@gmail.com! I'd love to add them to this post for others to enjoy (with credit to you). Thank you!