A chin-slapping humpback keeps its eye on the camera. © Robert Perry - Santa Barbara Channel.

5 humpbacks, a breach, some chin music, and thousands of dolphins too.

2019 08-30 SB Channel

As the summer slowly winds down it is remarkable that our humpback and dolphin sightings continue unabated.  Sightings today included 5 humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Seas had a moderate bump from winds to the far west that kicked up overnight. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express kept things within 8 miles of the coast and avoided much of this bumpiness.  The ocean was hot with mammals from Goleta Bay to Naples.

The first 2 whales were seen among many hundreds of dolphins 6 miles south of Goleta.  One of the whales was “Snowflake,” which has a very white tail surrounded by a thin black trim.  Snowflake breached close to the boat and also slapped its chin.

Further west a group of 3 whales were with thousands of dolphins in an active feeding zone.  The bait was sub-surface today but all the mammals were taking advantage of the banquet.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express, and
CondorExpressPhotos.com

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