Whales, dolphins, sea lions

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

California sea lions and a mighty humpback whale

2018 08-22 SB Channel

As you can see in the ship’s track picture above, Captain Dave and his crew ran to the southwest to a location north of The Lanes and about even with Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island.  Here the wildlife was congregated and busy feeding.  Closely watched species included 6+ humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and hundreds of California sea lions…not to mention hundreds of hungry seabirds too. The morning stratus burned off to sunny skies around noon.  Seas had a light breeze running and some very light chop.  These conditions often serve to intensify the swimming, spouting and other airborne activities of the wildlife.

The first sighting included 2 whales accompanied by hundreds of dolphins.  The dolphins and whales were both searching and hunting northern anchovies which were in schools below the surface and out of view by us on board the Condor Express.  After the two whales and their dolphin cadre gave great looks, Dave moved a short distance and located a group of 4 whales with several more in the distance.  One of the distant whales breached and so did one of the whales close to the Condor.  Several close approaches were also made by the whales.  The dolphins were around the boat all day.

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