2020 03-04 SB Coast
It was a pleasure to see such a nice group of future scientists (elementary school) “marching forth” out to sea and learning about oceanographic and biological research techniques first hand. This was a group educational charter, not a regular whale watch trip. Nevertheless, we did encounter some nice cetaceans, including: 250 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 gray whales and 1 humpback whale.
As we headed up the coast we found our first gray whale near More Mesa and watched it for a while. We stopped in beautiful Goleta Bay for some additional science projects then moved offshore about 5 miles. Scattered groups of 50 or so dolphins each located the Condor Express and, naturally, the kids loved every moment of it. Birds were diving and the dolphins stopped to feed on the small surface bait balls. Before long a single, juvenile humpback whale came into the zone and appeared to be feeding just below the surface.
Two more gray whales migrated through the zone on their way north.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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