Mother and calf humpback whales greet their aluminum buddy.
It was still quite bumpy on the south side of the Channel near Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands today. Although the Condor Express did make some headway to the west initially after departing Santa Barbara harbor, the bumpy ride was increasing and Captain Dave turned it to the southeast. Again today there were common dolphin pods everywhere we went…a total of at least 1,500 seen. Also on the outer leg of today’s expedition, about 75 fat-headed Risso’s dolphins were observed over a wide area. Great looks were had.
Down to the east and northeast we once again met our favorite mother and calf humpback whale. The two immediately swam right up to the boat as if to greet their aluminum-hulled friend after a couple of days absence. Outstanding close up looks were had by all. The calf also performed a few “El Roll-O’s,” aka rolling around on the surface. These two are becoming a couple of real ham bones out there.
Hope you get a chance to go out and see all these wonderful species for yourself this weekend.