11 whales, 900 dolphins
2018 03-31 SB Coast
The Condor Express hosted three coastal whale watching excursions today. The dense fog of recent days had thankfully lifted to form a layer of low clouds which did not affect search patterns. Total sightings for the day included 11 gray whales and 900 long-beaked common dolphins.
Two gray whales were located and watched closely on the 9am trip. The whales were slow and methodical in their northbound quest. Great looks were had by all. On our route following the whales, hundreds of dolphins were scattered all over the zone. As witnessed yesterday, the dolphins were actively feeding on northern anchovies which have invaded the nearshore waters.
Two groups of whales, with three in each group, were discovered and watched on the 12 noon expedition. The pattern of active socialization which includes rolling, spy-hopping, showing pectoral and tail fins, continued today. Over a hundred dolphins were seen feeding as reported above for the morning trip.
Three whales were watched during the 3pm trip, but listen to this: The first and third whales were, per normal, heading northbound, but the second was a very very late southbound whale. The southbound whale actually passed both northbounders one at a time. Additionally, this southbound whale was very active. It breached several times, rolled around and made some friendly passes near the Condor Express.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com