2017 04-16 SB Coast
Captain Eric reports that three trips left the docks in Santa Barbara harbor and worked the coastline up to the west. Totals for the day included: 12 gray whales and 5 bottlenose dolphins. There was great weather and good fun.
The first gray whale was a single, shy whale that kept back-tracking and kept Eric and his crew on their toes. Luckily, by the time the Condor Express was at the far edge of Hope Ranch a nice mother-calf gray whale pair was located. Brilliant views were obtained before we headed back in.
As we left the harbor and headed west 5 coastal bottlenose dolphins left the kelp beds and greeted the boat. They played around us for a while until we continued our westerly track. Along the cliffs, near the Boathouse restaurant, another mother-calf gray whale pair were watched.
At Leadbetter Beach two small gray whale juveniles were spotted and proved hard to watch due to their random swimming pattern. We continued west and located a much nicer pair of the great Isla Vista kelp forest. This pair was another mother-calf duo and provided fantastic looks. Good fun was had by all.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.