treasure island

Sightings Report: April 17, 2019

Sightings from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat


On this first trip of the day we quickly found a whale east of the shipping lane. The whale moved towards Treasure Island, diving in 20-30 feet of water. I didn’t take any photos on this trip, but SFWT photographer Joey did. Check out his flickr.


On this trip we located a whale between Alcatraz and Angel Island. On our first sighting the whale came up within 50 yards of the boat.


After our first sighting, the whale surfaced every 10-12 minutes and appeared to be going back and forth between Alcatraz and the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.



For our final trip we found a whale on the east side of Angel Island.

This whale stayed in roughly the same location for the whole trip and surfaced regularly at 5-7 minute intervals.

We saw a couple of fluke dives from this animal.

Sightings Report: March 29, 2019

Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat


On this trip we headed east towards the Bay Bridge and found one whale near Treasure Island.

Strong winds and currents kept us farther from the animal, who was surfacing infrequently. As we started to make our way farther north, we spotted a second whale who showed us much more of their body.

We continued towards Southampton shoal light, where ferry boats had reported another whale.


We located it and were able to view the spout and body.


There was another whale far in the distance close to Tiburon. All the whales we saw were gray whales.