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3 Gray whales and dozens of dolphins

2019 02-23 SB Coast

The mighty Condor Express made two runs up and down the coast, one as far west as Naples Reef, on a day with light winds and seas from the southwest. Sightings were great. 3 gray whales and about 50 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched. The first excursion departed SEA Landing in Santa Barbara Harbor at 9am, and the second left at noon.

The morning run located 2 very cooperative and watchable whales off Hendry’s beach and followed them west. The pair did not leave the surface and even when submerged we could easily follow them underwater until their next breathing cycle. It was a great chance to study these behemoths above and below. The return trip found a small but friendly pod of dolphins just east of the Harbor.

At noon another small pod of dolphins got the sightings started. Captain Dave then took the Condor far to the west, past UCSB, past the famous Bacara Resort in Goleta, and then located a single gray whale near Naples Reef.

All of the whales were migrating northbound today…as expected this time of year. This wonderful northbound procession with continue into May.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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