A mighty humpback whale throws its tail

2500 dolphins and 8 whales

2017 11-08 SB Channel

Captain Dave and his crew report a drop-dead gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and exceptionally clear skies.  All 4 Channel Islands were visible from the boat.  Sightings were also fantastic with 8 humpback whales and at least 2500 long-beaked common dolphins reported.

The first two whales were located after we drifted with a line of dolphins that stretched out over two miles.  Great looks were had at the dolphins and the whales consisted of 1 juvenile/small individual and another that was a bit shy.  Dave moved the Condor Express from this first location (southwest of Platform Habitat) to The Flats.  In The Flats an additional 6 whales were found actively feeding and interacting with one another in a tight area.  The six dove together, apparently feeding for 8 minutes or so below the surface, then rose up together.  On the surface they appeared to swim into each other, lob their tails and repeatedly slapped their chins.  It was a very animated group of humpbacks and fun to see.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express


PS  The whale watch for tomorrow, Thursday, November 9, has been cancelled