A booby, humpbacks and plenty of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Humpback whale.

2018 08-01 SB Channel

Captain Dave worked the north face of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands today and the Condor Express got great looks at 4+ humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins and several hundred California sea lions.  Sea conditions were very good.  Skies had a high, thin stratus layer.

The first of at least a dozen pods of dolphins, each with 100 – 200 individuals, encountered the Condor Express a few miles east of the west end of Santa Cruz Island.  Dolphins were around the boat and around the whales all day thereafter.  After the good looks at the first pods of dolphins, Dave headed west and ended up off Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island, where he found a hot spot full of dolphins, birds, sea lions and at least 4 humpback whales.  There were probably 6 or more whales in the area.

Along the route from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa an uncommon sea bird flew alongside the Condor Express.  Dave thought it was probably a masked booby.

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