10+ humpback whales, thousands of dolphins…epic conditions too.

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A friendly humpback whale spyhops while kelping in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 07-17 SB Channel

It was a glass flat day in the northwest Channel. The early high stratus burned off and the rest of the trip was sunny and warm. Sightings included: 10+ humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 California sea lions.

We were 7 miles southwest of the harbor when our first (small) pods of dolphins found us and started riding our bow, side and stern waves. Later in the trip, and nearer to mid-Channel, the pods were much larger. Dolphins were around us all day after our initial sighting.

North of The Lanes we encountered the first 4 humpback whales of the trip. They were individual whales and were busy doing what all of them were doing today: feeding sub-surface with lots of seabirds all around. Sea lions were also in the mix. By the way, the 4th whale did a bit of kelping and then made a very close approach which included a spy-hop right next to the boat!

Captain Colton and his crew moved the boat west where we located and observed the remaining 6+ whales. More were in the distance and we could not reach them despite the amazing power and speed of our new engines.

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

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