A cool humpback whale in the cool Santa Barbara Channel.

Beat the heat in the cool Channel with humpbacks, dolphins, sea lions!

2019 06-12 SB Channel

It was foggy with calm seas for our trans-Channel trip to Santa Rosa Island and Santa Cruz Island today.  The heavy stratus began to break up as we left Santa Rosa Island and were taking a nice tour along the stunning sea cliffs that characterize the northern side/ western end of Santa Cruz Island. The limited visibility may have caused us to overlook a few distant spouts, but getting close looks at 6 humpback whales, 300 long-beaked common dolphins and a mob of 40 California sea lions, made for a great trip no matter what.

The action began about 10 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor where we watched 3 whales (a single and a pair).  The first whale got our attention, even in the fog, as it threw its massive tail. On course for Santa Rosa Island and a bit later, we stopped to watch a mob of 40 sea lions swimming in unison on the surface.  We then left Santa Rosa and headed east for a tour of the sea cliffs and Painted Cave of Santa Cruz Island.

On the way home from The Cave the fog closed in again.  Soon thereafter we watched a group or 3 very large adult whales in the mid-Channel region.  Further along the route, and about 6 miles from home, a pod of dolphins found us and rode our bow, side and stern waves.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
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