One of many aerial activities seen today as more than a dozen humpback whales got frisky.

Whales show every “trick” in the book…and dophins too!

2019 06-07 SB Channel

Fifteen humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Skies were covered by a thin marine stratus layer and sea conditions were nice.  But that’s not the whole story!

About 6 miles out to sea from the UCSB campus, Captain Dave and his crew located another “Mother Lode” of whales and dolphins.  Not only was the area filled with cetaceans, but the whales trotted out every surface behavior in the book, and left their fans on the Condor Express breathless.  There were multiple breaches (see amazing photo by Adam Earnster above).  Surface lunge-feeding, lob-tailing, pectoral fin slapping and frequent vocalizations were also experienced.  As if that was not enough, several groups of whales (one with four, another with two) got very friendly with the boat and made wonderful close approaches that everyone will long remember.

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