Captain Colton leaned over the side and snapped this nice photo of Scarlet as the whale was in the process of mugging us.

Sunny skies with loads of dolphins and humbacks

2019 08-09 SB Channel

The Condor Express closely watched 1000 short-beaked common dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 5 humpback whales.  Skies started out with patchy fog, but were mostly sunny all day for a change.

Things got under way near Habitat where small patches of long-beaked common dolphins located the boat and would continue watching us all day long. After moving south east of Habitat, more dolphins and a single juvenile whale were located and watched.

A bit later Captain Dave and the crew had moved the boat to a position that was north of The Lanes and down near the mouth of Anacapa Passage.  Here a frolicking, leaping and tail-walking mega pod of short-beaked common dolphins found us and everyone went wild…almost as wild as the dolphins themselves.  Two additional whales were also found in this area. One of them breached at a moderate distance from the boat.

On the way back to the harbor, the last 2 whales of the trip were watched.  It was Scarlet and a “friend.”  We were southwest of Habitat at the time.  One of the whales was doing a lot of above-water activities in the distance.  On the scene Scarlet “mugged” us for quite a while.  She was also very vocal during this friendly visit.  It was particularly special to have this wonderful encounter with an old pal.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express, and
CondorExpressPhotos.com

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