2018 11-14 SB Channel
On a completely “mill pond” flat and sunny day, the crew of the Condor Express located and closely watched 7+ humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Among the whales was Scarlet and what we now believe to be her not-newborn calf. The humpback calf stole the show.
It took about 45 minutes for us to run southwest to a spot 8 miles off the UCSB campus which has been hot for more than a week. The area was rich with dolphins today, and we had a nice session watching them before moving on.
Further offshore another 6 miles the dolphins were still thick, but the whales were also in abundance. Many of the initial whales were located as singletons, but the final two was a now famous pair: Scarlet and her calf. The pair headed for the Condor Express and made a friendly pass in fairly clear water so all on board had great looks. After this first “greeting,” the calf took off and got airborne with full-body breaching an estimated 30 times. Captain Dave’s iPhone capture of one of the breaches is shown above.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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