2018 03-05 SB Coast – It was one of those days in the Santa Barbara Channel that was perfectly scripted for cruising for wildlife. Skies were blue, seas were flat and glassy, and, yes, there was plenty of wildlife to be seen. The vistas afforded by being on board the Condor Express ran from Boney Ridge to the east, Point Conception to the west, and all 4 Santa Barbara Channel Islands to the south. The following species were closely watched: 1 gray whale and 250 long-beaked common dolphins.
Captain Dave made a right turn and headed west until our track coincided with a single juvenile gray whale. We followed this whale and had tremendous looks from UCSB up to Platform Holly.
Taking an outside track (deeper water) on the way back east to the harbor, the Condor Express was located by a nice herd of dolphins. They kept us company and enjoyed basking in the attention given by their fan club on the boat.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.