Sunny skies, humpbacks and dolphins.

Bob Perrywhale watching california

Mother humpback with her calf in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-14 SB Channel

Skies were sunny all day today. There was a slight wind as we left Santa Barbara Harbor and this turned a more intense wind as we neared the southern channel region. Sightings included 2 humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.

Captain Dave maintained a moderate speed and stayed on a course for the western Santa Cruz Island. Curiously, no marine mammals were sighted until the Condor Express reached the north edge of The Lanes. Here, a distant yet mighty tail throw caught the eye of our ever-watchful crew. It turned out to be a mother humpback whale with her calf. We had great looks at this pair. We’ve seen them before. The mother has a pure white tail with a completely black border all the way around.

A mega pod of dolphins was not too far away as indicated by thousands of hungry and noisy seabirds. We spent nearly an hour with these friendly dolphins watching them surf our bow, side, and stern waves. Such fun!

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry
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