Glassy ocean surface and 6 different marine mammal species today

Bob Perrywhale watching california

Glassy seas in the Santa Barbara Channel and a humpback whale.

2022 05-25 SB Channel

Oh boy! It was mill pond glass flat all day in the Channel. And…that spectacular clear water I wrote about yesterday is still with us. Only one slight challenge. We had 2 to 3-mile visibility with the marine layer near the deck. Sightings were phenomenal once again: 200 California sea lions, 6 humpback whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale, 1 blue shark, 75+ ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and 5 floating balloons were picked-up, too.

Three miles out brought us into a small pod of dolphins, but really nice to see in this clear water. A bit later we had fleeting looks at a single Minke whale, and soon thereafter a single blue shark on the surface.

Eight miles out we followed a larger pod of dolphins with wonderful looks at them.

On the north end of the northbound shipping lane, we watched 4 individual humpback whales. They were about 3/4 – mile apart so…”one spout leads to another!” The first whale was a small juvenile. The third whale did a couple of surface lunges in anchovy schools.

After a nice tour of the world-famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, we found a humpback mother with her calf north of the lanes. The mom was very large and friendly, and swam around on her back a few times.

Throughout the Channel we saw small groups of sea lions from 10 to 20 individuals per group.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
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