A mob of sea lions gathers on the surface above feeding humpback whales below

A nice trip to Santa Rosa Island results in great whale sightings

2018 10-10 SB Channel

Captain Dave and his crew ran across the entire Santa Barbara Channel to locate wildlife today.  Skies were covered by a high cloud layer, but seas were flat and calm.  Totals included 6 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 75 California sea lions.

On our trip out several large pods of dolphins located the Condor Express and swam with us.  Outstanding sea conditions made dolphin-viewing better than usual.  Water clarity was good.  Several young calves were seen as well.

Whales were located near Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island.  Two groups of 3 whales, about ½-mile from each other, were busy feeding sub-surface.  Tail flukes were seen in abundance.  Wonderful views of these beasts with the majestic northern coast of Santa Rosa made for a magical trip.  A large mob of sea lions was working along with the whales to hunt below the surface.  They came up together, often serving as signals for the impending arrival of whales for a breathing cycle.

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

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