Wind and seas provide an inspirational trip!

Bob Perrywhale watching california

A humpback spouts into the breezy Santa Barbara Channel surrounded by predatory seabirds (mostly shearwaters).

2021 07-29 SB Channel

Passengers on the Condor Express were treated to the thrill of being out in the Santa Barbara Channel with a fresh breeze, sunny skies and white caps all over the surface. I say “treated” because it gives our mostly terrestrial species a glimpse into what living the life of a whale or dolphin, with all sorts of sea conditions, day or night, summer or winter, must be like. Nevertheless, our Captain and crew located 1 humpback whale and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.

The whale was in The Lanes, slowly moving west. We had great looks, but as Dave continually mentioned on the ship’s PA, you had to hold on to the boat! The ever abundant pods of dolphins were having a great time. Although whales can surf the waves of an oceanic swell, nobody does it better than the dolphins. What an inspiration it is to witness these agile cetaceans instinctively riding every wave possible, often leaping high into the wind.

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