Mirror glass seas reflect humpbacks, a Minke and a lot of common dolphins!

Bob Perrywhale watching california

A humpback whale spouts on a mirror glass sea surface in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-31 SB Channel

Fog turned to a high stratus layer which, in turn turned to blue, sunny skies late in the trip. Seas were glassy and flat all day. Sightings included 3 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins and 40 California sea lions.

About 4 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor we did a bit of Minke whale watching. There was a single, large adult Minke going about its subsurface foraging with nice surface times in between.

Near the NOAA East Channel Buoy, we found a nice assembly of long-beaked common dolphins, associated sea birds and 2 juvenile humpback whales. Nice flukes were shown by both.

Further south we found another spot with dolphins, sea lions and a single adult humpback.

It was great to see all the marine mammals on a mirror sea surface today.

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