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Risso's dolphin

2018 07-07 SB Channel

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express once again found it calm sailing halfway across the Santa Barbara Channel. At the mid, point the breeze kicked up and both the ocean surface and the whale spouts got dramatic. The warm sun shined all day. This made it quite warm near the harbor but cooler out near the island. Closely watched cetaceans today included: 4 blue whales, 25 Risso’s dolphins, 50 long-beaked common dolphins and one humpback whale.

Dave made a beeline for the giant whale hotspot off the north face of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. The first sightings included the friendly blue whales. They had long surface times and several of them were regular Fluker‘s. During the blue whale watch, Risso’s dolphins came through the zone. It’s always a pleasure to see these big white animals in the clear blue water.

On the way home, a pod of several dozen common dolphins located the boat and rode our bow, side, and stern waves. Not long after the dolphin encounter, a single humpback whale put in an appearance. It looked like it was tracking rapidly to the east.


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