California sea lion.

Calm seas yield great cetacean diversity today.

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.
Bob Perry
Condor Express

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