Humpbacks, commons and Risso’s today.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

A Risso's dolphin breached repeatedly today.

2018 10-02 SB Channel

Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located 3 different species of cetaceans today and had great look at them all.  In addition to 2 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 Risso’s dolphins were also closely watched.  Seas were calm, skies were mostly clear.  This was a private charter cruise for cruise ship whale lovers.

The first pod of common dolphins found the Condor Express up near Platform Holly and rode our bow, side and stern waves.  After nice looks, Tasha took the boat to The Lanes adjacent to the mouth of the Santa Cruz Channel (known to some as “The Gap”).  Here both whales were located separately.  They did come together for a short time.  One had long down times and was shy.  The other had long surface times and fluked up every time.  Loads more common dolphins were also in the mix.  During the sighting a small group of Risso’s dolphins passed through the zone.  One of them breached upside-down several times revealing both their agility as well as their striking ventral coloration patterns.

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