Photographer captures friendly humpback whale. Photo © Captain Dave Beezer - Condor Express

A view of “all four corners” of the Channel yields fantastic sightings

2018 12-08 SB Channel

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express reported flat seas and gorgeous weather again today. It was so clear, said Dave, that you could see “all four corners” of the Santa Barbara Channel (San Miguel to Anacapa, and Bony Ridge to Point Conception).  Wow. Total sightings for the day today included 8+ humpback whales and 400 long-beaked common dolphins.

Similar to yesterday, there was a zone of great activity south of The Lanes and near the middle of Santa Cruz Island. Here all of the whales and dolphins were feeding on northern anchovies (which are little schooling fish).

Among the whales was a group of four that was quite active. They made several friendly, close approaches to the Condor Express and spent quite a bit of time rolling around and otherwise socializing.

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