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.
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