A whale spout in the Santa Barbara Channel with a thick fog bank approaching

How do they do it?

2018 07-10 SB Channel

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found calm seas today, but the sun and distant spouts were obscured by dense fog that was ground level at times.  Despite the fog, the sharp-eyed crew was able to locate and watch 1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins. How do they do it?

There was a single pod of dolphins on the way out, and two larger pods on the trip home.  Each time the active animals came to the boat and rode our bow, side and stern waves.  There is always plenty of human-dolphin watching with these wonderful cetaceans.

Although we knew we were near the main hotspot for whales, it was determined using radar, not naked eyes.  A single large adult blue whale was in the area and happened to surface next to the boat.  Dave stayed with this giant through several breathing cycles (not an easy job given the lack of visibility) and the blue responded by fluking-up three times.  A fin whale was also in the area.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
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