A Snowflake on the “nautical” ocean today.

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Snowflake. July, 2019. Santa Barbara Channel.

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Deckhand Devin reports “nautical” sea conditions today, which, as translated by Captain Dave, means moderate seas and a fresh breeze. Moving too far offshore became uncomfortable at times, consequently Dave used a few of his boat operation skills to find and closely watch the following while keeping things as smooth as possible: 1 humpback whale and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins.

All of the action was on a hot zone about 6 miles south of the harbor. Here we saw lots of surface anchovy bait balls being bombed by sea birds, mostly brown pelicans. Of course the dolphins were in there feeding as well, and all this commotion drew the attention of one, large adult humpback whale.

This was a well-known whale, and one we saw only 2 days ago: a male nicknamed “Snowflake,” aka CRC-16533, also known as HW-MN0500973. (I’ve included one of my images of Snowflake’s nice white tail flukes from July, 2019). While being watched, it took off and did what Dave called “a monster breach!”  With the wind and swells, the spectacle of this event was amazing.

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