A northbound gray whale and some smaller mammals too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, gray whale, sea lion

Storke Tower on the UCSB campus is seen in the background of this tail-fluking gray whale.


The noon trip took us west as far as Campus Point at UCSB as we searched for, and then followed a single adult northbound gray whale about 4 miles off the beach. There was warm hazy sun and a slight breeze, but the winds to the west of us were kicking up some short interval wind waves. It was great to see the gray whale busting through the oncoming swells.

At one point we encountered a mixed herd of long-beaked common dolphins and California sea lions. Of course the sea lions were “porpoising” along with their less furry friends.   All came close to the Condor, but the brown furry ones did not ride the bow. Later, on the way home, there was a gang of at least a dozen porpoising sea lions and we had good looks all the way around.

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