2015 09-04 SB Channel
Dave , his crew and all our whale watchers had another epic day in the Santa Barbara Channel as they watched at least 19 humpback whales, 900 long-beaked common dolphins and over 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins. It was a nice day with a moderate breeze and this may have gotten some of the humpbacks a bit fired-up. There were several dozen breaches from one particularly active whale, along with tail-throws, chin-slaps and long pectoral flipper slapping too. There is little to compare when a humpback breaches in the wind. There was even a bit of rolling around…all this is clear Santa Barbara cobalt water.
Dave made his usual presentation about Santa Cruz Island and we visited the world-famous Painted Cave. One quick look at an unidentified shark on the surface took place during an early trip whale encounter.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.