Clear and calm, the Channel doth yield.

Bob Perrywhale watching california

California sea lions are always a blast.

2021 12-19 SB Channel

Captain Devin reports clear, sunny skies with no wind and calm seas. Sightings included: 1 humpback whale, 300 California sea lions, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins and 1000 short-beaked common dolphins.

After a run across The Channel to The Lanes, we finally intercepted a small pod of about 20 long-beaked common dolphins and got some great interactions/looks.

Moving east, it was not long before a highly-acrobatic hers of short-beaked common dolphins located the Condor Express. We a lot of robust jumping as well as some instanced of tail-walking (no, Sea World didn’t invent this). This group was also fun to watch due to the large number of calves in the mix.

Continuing to a point just north of Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, a single humpback whale was encountered. It was a small animal and appeared to be following behind a group of about 1500 long-beaks. This area was also flush with sea lions and gangs of 20-50 were watched.

On the way home, additional long-beaks were found and after watching for a short while the group took off on a high speed “stampede” run. We followed behind for about 10 minutes and finally broke off to continue our pathway back to the harbor.

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