Mother and calf humpback plus 1500 short-beaked common dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island

Common dolphins on the move!

2018 09-08 SB Channel

The Condor Express had some interesting interactions with 1500 short-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales just north of the middle of Santa Rosa Island.  Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and morning fog.

The first wildlife stop was to enjoy a megapod of dolphins south of The Lanes near Santa Rosa Island.  This species has a tendency to be more acrobatic and aerial than its longer-beaked cousins.  Many of the animals we saw today were high flyers, and some nice instances of tail-walking were also noted.  Numerous small calves were also in the first pod.  A second, smaller pod located the boat on our way back to Santa Barbara in the afternoon with similar results observed.

The pair of humpback whales was, once again, that same very large adult mother and her calf-of-the-season.  The two were more relaxed today and seemed to spend most of their time hunting.  Nonetheless, we had outstanding looks at this pair again today.

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