Summer-like conditions prevailed in the Santa Barbara Channel today with super clear water, sunny skies, no wind and a glassy surface. Not long after leaving the Harbor a trio of gray whales was spotted heading down the coast for Baja California. It was a close-knit group with 2 large and 1 small whale that synchronized their down and up time. These were very focused migrating whales and their down times consisted of travelling just below the surface so everybody on the Condor could see them most of the time through the clear blue water. Wow, what a view! Along the route we intersected two pods of long-beaked common dolphins, one large and one small group. All together we estimated about 500 dolphins seen today. We circled out to the south for a while to see what was happening in the hot zone we had yesterday, but did not find any other species of marine mammals there. On our way back to the Harbor we found a pair of medium sized gray whales heading for Baja, and they were much more shy than the trio we had earlier in the trip. All in all it was a fantastic day weather-wise and mamman-wise.
We continue to run two trips a day, one at 9am and one at 1pm. This Saturday will be a special, longer trip running from 10am – 230pm. Hope to see you on board.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
I’ll post up the photos from today on the website sometime in the next couple of days.