The whale came within a paddle’s length of Vivian Guzman.
Boaters were being warned to watch out for a large dead whale found floating off the Pacifica Coast near shipping channels.
Scientists who examined a dead humpback whale found on a Pacifica beach Sunday morning have found evidence the whale was hit by a passing ship, according to the Marine Mammal Center.
The humpback was discovered on Pacifica’s Sharp Park Beach on Monday evening.
A dead humpback has whale washed ashore on a Monterey beach close to where a second whale was seen swimming near the shore
Marine researchers and harbor officials will have to wait and see if a deceased humpback whale that pressed up against the rocky break wall near Pillar Point Harbor on Wednesday washes onshore before determining its age, size, cause of death, or if the carcass is suitable for research or educational use.
Rescuers saved a humpback whale that had been entangled in a crab pot line off the California coast this week. The whale was spotted two weeks ago near Monterey, with a steel rope around its tail and dragging a huge crab trap.
Boaters are being warned that humpback and blue whales are starting to appear in the waters outside San Francisco and have been sighted in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.