Four cetacean species. Gray whale mom/calf steal show.

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A mother gray whale with her calf seen near the beach in Santa Barbara. What a natural wonder!

2022 05-03 SB Coast

Captain Devin and his crew ran a single 9am excursion.  Skies were overcast. There was no wind. A gentle, long-period swell rolled by. Sightings were phenomenal: 1 humpback whale, 1 Minke whale, 2 gray whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.

Three miles south of Hendry’s we followed a single adult humpback whale during 4 or 5 breathing cycles. Its dives were long and characterized by long distance UW swims. Also in this area: a single Minke whale. We had good looks.

Soon after the Minke a nice pod of dolphins located the Condor Express and rode our bow, side and stern waves. This sighting was enhanced by the glassy surface conditions, as was the gray whale encounter next…

On our way back home, and right outside Santa Barbara Harbor, we found 2 northbound gray whales. It’s mother-calf gray whale time along the beach (ending in a week or two), and that’s exactly what our pair turned out to be. As before, we had wonderful looks at this calf as it led its mom around. Often under appreciated by non-whale watching book readers: they do not take anywhere close to a straight line back to Alaska, or points along the old and changing migratory route.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
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