3 humpbacks include 2 active youngsters

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, sea lion

Clear water reveals a friendly humpback whale

2018 08-28 SB Channel

The Condor Express team located and watched 3 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 200 California sea lions and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  There was a fresh breeze and light bump on the water, but the sightings were great.  The little humpback calf and its mother were there again today.

Dolphins were located north of The Lanes and all through the hotspot.  There was a single large pod.  Soon after our interaction with them, the mother humpback with the little, very active, calf put in an appearance.  The two travel together, tail fluke together and come right back to the surface…not much time was spent underwater.  Although the calf seemed calmer today, it did manage to roll around a bit and visit the boat.

Later we saw 2 additional whales, but only had time to watch one.  It was a juvenile, but certainly not as small or young as the little calf.  It was fairly regular in its surface swimming behavior, and then, catching everyone totally by surprise, it breached entirely out of the water quite close to the bow of the Condor Express. Chills were sent up and down the spines of the whale lovers.

On the way home we encountered a moderately large ocean sunfish or Mola mola, and also a massive raft of around 200 sea lions.

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