Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
This trip started off with a lot of rain, but as soon as we left the pier the weather started improving. We headed west towards the Golden Gate Strait.
We had just passed the Golden Gate Bridge when our first whale was spotted. It was one of two humpbacks feeding on anchovies in the strait.
One of the whales stayed near Point Bonita, while the other made its way southeast towards Baker Beach.
We saw several fluke dives from this animal.
While we were watching the closer animal, the farther humpback started slapping its tail over and over again.
We moved out of the way to let a large ship pass us.
When it had passed, both whales were near Point Bonita. We reapproached and eventually had a whale on either side of us.
These were the first humpbacks to officially enter the Strait for the season - nearly three weeks ahead of schedule!