Loads of dolphins and a nice gray whale

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale

2018 04-08 SB Coast

A single whale watch trip resulted in one gray whale and 200 long-beaked common dolphins today.  It was a bit bumpy and looked like the wind would soon crank-up…but it never did!

The whale was located east of Goleta Bay and followed west to approximately UCSB/Campus Point. Here several hundred dolphins found the boat and interacted with us.  Great looks were had by all.

A glance at the historical population data for our area shows that the total number of northbound migrating gray whales seen per day is now starting to decline.  On the other hand, the number of pairs, mother gray whales with their newborn calves, is on the rise now. The month ahead is a time for quality sightings versus quantity.  The little calves are unpredictable and always put on a show, and should not be missed.

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