Humpback food fest.

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A giant bait ball is attacked by hungry humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 04-24 SB Channel

Captain Dave and is team conducted three excursions which left the dock at 9a, 12n and 3p. The day started out calm and glass, got a slight breeze going at noon, and things freshened in the afternoon. As our keen-eyed deckhand, Devin, said: “It got nautical.” Totals for the day included 9 humpback whales and 3 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).

To set the stage we closely watched the same two large adult whales on each trip. Having an apparently insatiable appetite, they did quite a bit of surface and sub-surface lunge feeding throughout the day. Huge schools of surface anchovies got gathered up and then jumped, creating a “rain on the water” effect prior to their ultimate demise.

Two additional whales were also watched on the 9a trip. A smaller one that joined the big adult pair, and, on the way home, another big adult breached within a good viewing distance of the Condor Express.  A single third whale, perhaps the same individual, was also around with the pair at 12n and joined the lunge feeding festivities.

One ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was seen on each trip…and, to our surprise, no mobs of sea lions were around.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express, and

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