A local humpback whale with pure white pectoral flippers (top and bottom)

Humpback whales, common AND bottlenose dolphins.

2019 04-03 SB Channel

Today’s sightings included: 4 humpback whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, and 25 coastal bottlenose dolphins.  Seas were calm and skies were partly cloudy as Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express worked their magic again.

The morning trip took a southwesterly course and slowed to watch the first whale off Campus Point.  It was an individual with pure white pectoral fins (which a small percentage of the local whales tend to be), and went about its search for food as we got great looks.  Later, we took a course a bit south and mostly east, ending south of Platform C where a second whale was watched.

The noon trip featured two different species of dolphins and a trip to “The Flats,” located southeast of Platform Habitat.  The first species was the common dolphin and the herd located the boat.  Time was spent getting great views of these agile animals as they rode our bow, side and stern wake.  Soon, in the same area, a humpback whale we have seen many times recently and known as “Chalkboard,” was watched, and then a second, much larger, whale came to the area.  On the return trip we found a welcome home pod of coastal bottlenose dolphins just outside the harbor.

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