2020 03-17 SB Coast
The local mountains were covered with a blanket of snow. The skies were mostly blue but with puffy clouds here and there from a storm that just left town. Seas were calm and once we were offshore, the water was a clear Santa Barbara cobalt blue. We closely watched 7 Pacific gray whales on our single noon trip.
Whale number one was a “stealthy” adult found about 2 miles off Ledbetter Beach. It swam in circles, doubling- back on its track, and was a challenge to follow.
Whale number two was a juvenile off Hendry’s in clear water. One could follow it above and see it clearly below the surface too.
After heading southwest, we located whales three and four traveling together, and their presence was initially advertised by multiple full-body breaches in the distance.
Whales five, six and seven were a trio. They were off Campus Point and Coal Oil Point. They were oblivious to the Condor Express and spent most of the time socializing with each other. We watched lots of bodies rubbing, rolling around, swimming upside down, and all in that wonderful clear water.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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