Sighting from San Francisco Whale Tours vessel Kitty Kat
On this trip we headed out into the Gulf of the Farallones with beautiful weather. There was sun, very little wind, and gentle swells. We spotted porpoises, sea lions, and harbor seals on our way out into the shipping lane.
About 13 miles west of the bridge we found our first humpback. The animal kept a distance from us and appeared to be travelling. It had a low spout which made us think it might be a gray whale at first.
Off in the distance we spotted a huge group of birds and a couple spouts. We decided to leave the whale and approach the spot with more activity.
In this area we found two humpbacks. They were active and showed their flukes.
One of them stayed closer to us, once coming within 50 feet of the vessel.
We used happywhale.com to identify this whale as an unnamed individual in the North Pacific catalog. It had previously been seen in Monterey and Puerto Vallarta in 2016.
This whale rolled onto its side and showed us its pectoral fin.