12 Gray Whales & Some Breaching

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, gray whale, gray whale migration, sea lion

Attention residents near East Beach Santa Barbara. If you heard a loud BOOM this afternoon it may have been one of the two gray whales that breached during our adventures today.

 

With a supposed storm on the way, we were, in fact, treated to moderate seas and sunny skies. A moderate breeze kicked up later in the morning, but nothing to write home about. We actively watched 12 gray whales on our two trips. Most were northbound or ended up northbound after fooling us with a southbound trend, only to reverse course on us. Some disappeared and were never seen again by us. There were two nice breaching whales from different pods.

On the morning adventure we had 8 closely watched gray whales, and many many more spouts in the area that we did not have time to dwell on so I didn’t count them. The morning also featured a small group of long-beaked common dolphins (perhaps 10) and a few messed around with the whales. The afternoon trip had 4 more gray whales including the breaching whales, plus a very close up and personal visit by a California sea lion pup that swam over to the Condor and introduced itself.

Let it rain!   We had a great day today on both trips.

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