2017 08-06 SB Channel
Seas were calm in the northern Channel, and windy in the south. Captain Eric and his crew found plenty of great animals in the north, including: 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 short-beaked common dolphins, 8 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales.
The dolphins found the Condor Express starting about ½ mile out of Santa Barbara harbor and stayed around the whole day. Further south, on the 50 fathom line, the first 2 humpbacks were observed surface lunge feeding. A mile or two later there were 4 additional humpback whales. Long-beaked common dolphins were mixed in, as usual, as were the sea birds and California sea lions. One Minke whale patrolled this zone.
In The Lanes a herd of several hundred short-beaked common dolphins found us and rode our waves, along with 2 humpbacks and another Minke whale. There was a defined wind line in The Lanes south of which ocean conditions were not user-friendly. Luckily Eric kept things nice and calm
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.