Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
We had beautiful weather on this trip. The seas were flat and visibility was excellent - we were able to see the Farallon Islands in the distance. There was a slight southerly wind, so we decided to head south towards Pacifica.
We found two whales northwest of the Pacifica Pier, several miles offshore. One of the whales was a humpback and the other was a gray whale. It is unusual to see humpbacks and grays traveling so close together.
The two whales appeared to be traveling together. They were surfacing together every 3-5 minutes.
The humpback surfaced and fluked more frequently than the gray whale. A group of birds followed the whales.
After nearly twenty minutes of traveling together the whales had moved half a mile north of where we found them. At this point the humpback started feeding and the gray whale headed east towards the beach.
We stayed with the humpback for a few more minutes, spotting lots of sea lions and porpoises in the area as well.