2019 10-05 SB Channel
We left the dock at 8am on a special morning edition whale watch. The morning sun was magical and sea conditions were spectacular. Sightings were as good as it gets: 3 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 killer whales.
Our first dolphins were encountered just 3 miles offshore, and we found small groups here and there all morning after that. Moving to a spot further offshore and southwest of Habitat, the 3 humpbacks were found. One of them did a single surface lunge feed.
Captain Dave (as you can see by his photograph) found a new spot. The crew spotted a dorsal fin on the taller side and the boat reduced speed. Moments later 2 killer whales came into focus. It was a large adult female and a calf. Our on-board killer whale guy, Adam, identified the adult as being part of the CA 216 pod. The mother and calf swam a straight, high-speed line to the northwest. The Condor Express followed at a respectful distance for more than ½ hour, when they joined up with 13 additional killer whales (again, thanks to Adam, these were from CA51 and CA138 pods).
Most interesting of all was the mixed group spent a long time mating and socializing. There was a lot of rolling, upside-down swimming (including visits to the Condor Express), tail-lobbing, pectoral fin slaps, and even some visible pink floyd. All this happened as the entire group moved about 4 miles, from the south side of the NOAA buoy, to the north side.
It was an epic day.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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