Humpback whale tail flukes.

Humpbacks, a Gray and some white-sided dolphins

2019 04-07 SB Coast

Captain Tasha and the crew of the  Condor Express ran two trips today: one at 9 o’clockand the other 12 noon. Total sightings for the day included: one gray whale, six humpback whales, 10 Pacific white-sided dolphins, one ocean sunfish (Mola mola), one Mylar balloon, and thousands of purple sailors, a.k.a. Velella velella.

The morning trip found overcast skies and a little bit of a bump on the water but otherwise things were great. A single gray whale was encountered off the lighthouse and followed for a while. Tasha then took the vessel offshore and located one humpback whale, with more in the distance. On the way back, a huge ocean sunfish was located. We can expect to see more sunfish as there are thousands of purple sailors all around on the surface, and that’s one thing a sunfish eats.

By the time the noon trip left the docks, the seas were calm and the sun was out. We ran west and near More Mesa counted 10 white-sided dolphins. These dolphins put on quite a show and many of the children on board today especially liked watching them. Moving further west we saw two large humpbacks. Both had white pectoral fins and kicked up their tail flukes frequently. After retrieving a drifting a Mylar balloon we found two additional humpbacks that were smaller.

You never know what mother nature has in store.

Bob Perry
Condor Express, and
CondorExpressPhotos.com

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