2018 12-19 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express headed west, up the coast then made a turn offshore around Campus Point. From this location the boat ran towards The Lanes, located lots of wildlife, and then headed home. Total sightings included 4 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 1500+ long-beaked common dolphins. Sea conditions were excellent. On the voyage out towards The Lanes, a nice pod of dolphins located the boat and both the human species and the dolphins exchanged good looks and behaviors. Dolphins, for example, exhibited their wake surfing abilities, some leaps and lots of rolling on one side to study the humans. On board the Condor, in response, there was a lot of arm-waving, some calling out, some whistling and lots of smiling. Closer to The Lanes another large group of dolphins was located in a general and wide feeding area that also included whales, sea lions and sea birds. One whale had a considerable chunk missing from the left side of its tail, but otherwise swam, dove and acted like its cohorts. A lone Minke whale passed quickly through the zone as well. Additional dolphins escorted the boat on its way back to Santa Barbara harbor.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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