2019 08-21 SB Channel
All the action was north of The Lanes where the seas were calm, the sun was shining and all the children were above average (apologies to Garrison Keillor). Totals for the trip included: 1 Minke whale, 6 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Dolphins were around all day and mixed in with the feeding whales. Per usual, they discovered the Condor Express and were will us continually.
The first whale was found 9 miles south of The Mesa, and it was in a group of dolphins. After running west and taking advantage of the calm seas, a Minke passed by a hot spot that contained dolphins and 4 more whales. In the mix was a mother humpback with her calf. The mom did several surface lunges on anchovy bait balls. The calf was active and threw its mighty yet little tail around.
Closer to Platform Holly, the last whale was watched. It was a whale that was named “Dos Equis,” and it is known as the Godfather of the “Swoop and Scoop” surface feeding behavior. We’ve seen variations on this theme in other whales this year (for the first time in Condor Express history).
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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