Ship’s track show fog- induced wildlife locating strategy. Image from MarineTraffic.com

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2018 08-08 SB Channel 

Fog once again. Captain Dave and the crew found 4 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins…despite the conditions. The crew used a different strategy today, as you can see by the ship tracks shown in the attached image. We went out in the fog found dolphins and birds and then worked that area back-and-forth until whales were located. It was methodical and it payed off.

There were small groups of dolphins around all day. By which I mean every little sucker hole that developed in the fog we could see some of them. There were two spots where the dolphins lead us to whales. Each spot had 2 whales. The first encounter featured a large whale that did some surface lunge-feeding right next to the boat. The same animal was very vocal and let loose loud trumpet blows multiple times. This helped us locate the beast within the dense fog. It pays to have good ears as well as good eyes in this line of work. Later in the trip, after we had run a little bit further offshore, a pair of whales that traveled together were located and they were pretty much all business. There were five minute down times. They showed their flukes on every dive.


You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
Condor Express, and
CondorExpressPhotos.com

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