Lots of humpbacks and a gray whale

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Humpback whale with rainbow spout.

2022 04-27 SB Coast

It was mostly clear and sunny when the Condor Express left the dock for a morning student oceanography class, but by the 3pm public whale watch it was overcast. Both trips experienced light winds but bumpy seas from the northwest. Totals for the day included 6 humpback whales and 1 gray whale.

Two humpbacks were seen about 5 miles south of the harbor during the oceanography class. The rest of the whale encounters came in the afternoon. This PM trip got started with sightings of two humpbacks in binocular range. Soon thereafter a single gray whale on its northbound migration came closer to the boat and was watched through several breathing cycles.

Some humpback breaching was spotted bit further to the southwest. This turned out to be a mother humpback with her calf.  Another humpback was in the area and did a bit of lob-tailing. Additional whale spouts were nearby as we ran out of time and slowly headed back to the harbor.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
Condor Express, and


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