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Recent Sightings - Golden Gate Whale Watch

By Chris Biertuempfel

We've had excellent sightings on all of our Golden Gate Premium Whale Watch Cruises in summer 2020. Following are some brief sightings reports from recent trips with links to photos.

On Saturday, July 25th, 2020, a humpback whale was seen lunge-feeding with help from a handful of California Sea Lions. This whale proceeded to roll over onto its back and expose the underside of its tail and pectoral fins! A very exciting encounter! See photos here.

Lunge feeding humpback whales on July 18, 2020. © Rhys Watkin

On Saturday, July 18th, 2020, several humpback whales were seen lunge feeding outside of the Golden Gate to the south towards Pacifica. See photos here.

On July 11, 2020, we enjoyed views of lunge feeding humpback whales right outside the Golden Gate. See photos here.


Chris Biertuempfel manages Oceanic Society’s California-based programs, continuing the non-profit’s tradition of ocean faring expeditions that began in 1972. Also, he leads whale-centric expeditions in California and Mexico as a naturalist. His work as a photographer from such trips has been featured in several media outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle and ABC News.


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