Risso’s Dolphins Join the Mix

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

2015 10-24 SB Channel

Captain Dave reported closely watching 8 humpback whales on the Condor Express excursion today. Also watched: 500 or so long-beaked common dolphins and around 15 Risso’s dolphins.   Conditions were very nice in the Santa Barbara Channel: flat calm seas, high/thin overcast, warm and clear cobalt water.  A mother humpback and her calf also visited us.

Among the activities seen there was a repeatedly breaching humpback whale a bit away from the boat, and several close approaches. The dolphins in clear water were fantastic.

The trip was enhanced further by a tour of the western end of Santa Cruz Island, the largest of our 8 southern California islands, and a close up look at the world-famous Painted Cave.

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


PS   Our next trip is Wednesday, October 28. See you then!