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1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales

2017 06-10 SB Channel

1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales were seen today under overcast skies and moderately choppy seas.  Captain Dave ran west early in search of life which allowed him to eventually reverse course and put the seas astern.  Off UCSB 2 large humpback whales were spotted.  One of them was our friend, Scarlet, who was with another large humpback moving east as the Condor Express watched from a safe distance.

On our way down east a large ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was spotted. We reached The Flats and continued the search.  Soon a mega-pod of at least 1,000 dolphins located the Condor and rode the waves all around.  It was a great spectacle to witness.

Days like this are challenging in terms of locating widely dispersed cetaceans.  Our crew spends hours on the binoculars to find them and does the best job anyone could expect with these sea conditions.  It was not dangerous or even that uncomfortable, but the up and down motion limits our search window.  Things change day-to-day and…

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

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