Although there was a slight haze layer in the sky today, the sea conditions continued to be amazing. Like yesterday, it was flat, mirror-glass on the surface all day long. This provided a spectacular backdrop for watching 28 northbound migrating gray whales. Great looks and mellow seas…what a nice treat!
On the 9am adventure we watched 10 gray #whales as they moved through the glass in a way that you could see every concentric ripple they caused by their movements. About 40 long-beaked common dolphins joined the fun and near the beach we also watched 3 inshore bottlenose dolphins on this morning trip. The noon trip brought us 9 additional gray whales among which was a quad-pod made of two pairs that fluked up on every dive. At noon we also had the pleasure of keeping company with at least 200 long-beaked common #dolphins. The grande finale was our late afternoon, 3 pm, endeavor. We watched 9 more gray whales in the warm afternoon lighting. As the sun was sinking into the horizon, one whale breached six times in a row. You can’t ask for a better day in the Santa Barbara Channel or anywhere fine California whale watching takes place every day of the year.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.