Sightings Report: July 23, 2019

Sightings from the Golden Gate Bridge

I headed to the Golden Gate Bridge at about 4pm. High tide was scheduled for 5:20 pm.

For the first 30 minutes that I walked the bridge, I only saw pelicans and other seabirds.

As I walked toward the center span, I spotted a bright white spot on the water. It was a mola mola (ocean sunfish). These are rare inside San Francisco Bay, so I was surprised to see one coming in with the tide underneath the bridge!

As the tide came up farther, I spotted a harbor seal near the center span.

Eventually I started seeing a few porpoises as well. They were moving quickly under the bridge, usually in groups of 2-3 individuals. The water is cloudy with plankton at this time of year, so it is difficult to track the porpoises once they dive under.

I saw several large ships pass underneath the bridge. I also spotted the coast guard helicopter.

Sightings Report: July 6th, 2017

All trips on San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat


The fog was thick and cold, but we found 4-5 humpback whales in the Golden Gate Strait at around 8:30One humpback at Point Bonita slapped his pectoral fin on the water for several minutes, then rewarded us with at least ten breaches. There was a short period of rest between every 3-4 breaches. 


With a much bigger crowd and a little bit more sun and wind, we headed out and immediately found whales inside San Francisco BayTwo were between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, with one whale popping up right in front of a steaming ferry. We called the ferry, and they immediately altered their course to avoid the whale. 

After spotting another whale underneath the bridge, we headed out into the Strait and counted at least 5-6 more spouts between us and Point Bonita/Mile Rock. We got a few flukes on this trip, but no breaches! On this trip we also spotted some feeding harbor porpoise, a playful California sea lion, and a curious harbor seal, as well as a red tailed hawk soaring over the bridge. 

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