© Dino Dal Bon
2015 08-30 SB Channel
Captain Eric knew it was going to be a challenge today as reports were coming in from up and down the Santa Barbara Channel that the wind and seas were not being too friendly. Nonetheless, working with his able crew, Eric went into one of the areas that were hot on yesterday’s all-day Cetacean Society excursions and got good looks at 15 humpback whales with more in binocular range. At least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins joined the fun.
Among the humpback behaviors observed today were several full-body breaches, some as close as 150-yards, a few tail throws, and several close and friendly approaches made especially good by the continued Santa Barbara cobalt clear water.
The most unique sighting today, given the fact that we are working with El Niño conditions, was a close look at a hammerhead shark. Our friend and naturalist, Dino, graciously sent one of his photographs from today which you can see above. Thanks, Dino!
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.