Humpback in the breeze. (From an earlier Condor Express adventure)

Eleven humpback whales and lots of common dolphins

2017 08-08 SB Channel

Eleven humpback whales and 750 long-beaked common dolphins headed up the list of species and numbers for today’s excursion along the northwestern portion of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave kept his course heading to avoid the stronger winds and residual chop that persisted from overnight conditions.  It was sunny along the northwest, with light to moderate winds and only a small amount of “bump;” great for finding and watching marine life!

After running southwest towards the NOAA buoy, a few hundred dolphins located the boat and rode our waves.  Dave continued west until he was outside of Holly and the first cadré of whales were sighted.  Dolphins were here too, of course.  One of the six whales we watched was very active:  tail-throwing, rolling around and producing lots of vocalizations.

Dave then took the Condor closer to shore where five more whales were located and even more dolphins were all around.  One of the five whales was a small calf.

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

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