A healthy pod of 5 grays, plus 1000 dolphins.

Bob Perrywhale watching california

A great aggregation of northbound gray whales near the Santa Barbara Coast...similar to what we experienced today.

2020 03-15 SB Coast

Skies were over cast and seas were calm as we found ourselves between storms today, “The Ides of March.”  Great conditions allowed us to “settle our debts” with 5 gray whales (more in the distance) and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins.

Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express watched all 5 whales as they migrated north together as a group. As you might expect with such a nice pod, tail flukes were common and practically non-stop. We watched from a respectful distance for nearly an hour before moving offshore.

Several miles south of our whale encounter a large herd of dolphins located the boat and interacted with our whale (and dolphin) watchers. These playful cetaceans also spent a lot of time surfing our bow, side and stern waves.

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