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Sightings Report: May 27, 2019

Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

11am:

On this trip we headed to Mile Rock, the last place the whales had been seen. We slowly made our way along the demarcation line, searching for whales.

After searching for a while, we spotted a spout just east of Mile Rock. We approached and found one humpback whale. We know this individual as “Curly.”

We saw a few fluke dives from the animal.

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There were lots of anchovies on the fish finder and lots of birds in the area, suggesting that the whale was feeding.

Near the end of the trip, we saw a huge Steller’s sea lion swim past the boat.

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All the photos from this trip were taken by naturalist Michael Pierson.

2pm:

On our next trip we headed back to the same spot. We found the same whale, Curly, feeding on the north side of the strait near Point Bonita.

There was a good amount of bird activity over the whale. We saw several fluke dives.

The whale moved east over the course of the trip as the tide rose. When we left the whale it was off of Point Diablo.

Sightings Report: July 12, 2018

Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat

2pm:

On this trip we spotted a humpback in the central bay. It was feeding and fluking. Some of the flukes were especially high.

A few times the whale came within 100 yards of us. 

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We slowly followed the whale as it made its way out into the Golden Gate Strait to Diablo Point. 

We also spotted harbor porpoises and common murres with chicks.

5pm:

On our evening trip we found two humpbacks at Mile Rock.

One of the whales was the one we saw on the earlier trip.

The whales were showing flukes. A few times they approached our boat. 

Sightings Report: June 2, 2018

All sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Happy Days

9am: 

We set out on our first trip of the day with reports of whales in the straits. We headed first to Diablo Cove to check out the harbor seals and scan the strait for spouts. 

While floating in Diablo Cove we saw spouts by Mile Rock. As we got closer we saw more and more spouts, eventually counting 9-10 whales. 

The humpbacks were all relatively close to each other, with some travelling and diving in pairs. 

One whale across the channel tail slapped a few times as a large container ship passed between that whale and the rest of the group. 

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Over the course of the trip the whales moved in towards Baker Beach. We floated with the tide, and a few times they came within 100 yards of us.

We saw one breach towards the Golden Gate Bridge. 

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We also spotted lots of California sea lions in the strait.

On this trip we picked up an entire trash bag floating in the water, along with a big piece of styrofoam, a Starbucks cup, and a Clorox bottle. 

12pm: 

The wind had picked up as we headed out for our next trip. Luckily, the whales had moved in all the way to Cavallo Point. 

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There were 4-5 humpbacks in this group. They were all individuals who we had seen outside the bridge on the earlier trip. We sighted Gator, Topspot, and Curly, as well as some unnamed whales.

We were able to float in neutral for a lot of the trip and saw a few fluke dives within 50 yards of us. 

A strong incoming tide pushed us and the whales farther into the central bay as the trip went on. 2-3 big container ships passed by us, as well as a wide variety of smaller boats. 

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There were lots of harbor seals in the area as well. 

All whale sightings were reported to vessel traffic.