3 humpbacks (1 super active), 1 gray whale and 15 bottlenose dolphins.

2021 03-26 SB COAST

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found blue skies, bright sun and light seas on three trips: 9am, 12n and 3pm. Sightings for the day included: 15 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 1 gray whale and 3 humpback whales.

The morning trip had a wonderful sunny day tour along the entire western Santa Barbara shoreline from the harbor to Goleta Bay. Just a mile or so off the beach at Goleta a single, juvenile, and somewhat shy gray whale was watched.

At noon Dave tried a little offshore exploration and was able to closely watch 2 individual humpback whales. The first was found in The Lanes. The second humpback was found closer to the harbor and did a bit of playing around including rolling on the surface.

On the afternoon excursion Dave returned to the humpback area offshore and found a third individual. It was located through its breaching which was visible at a great distance. It continued breaching when we arrived on the scene and this went on for at least 30 more breaches. This active whale also slapped its enormous pectoral fins, threw its mighty tail and rolled around for some upside down swimming. Right outside the harbor entrance, on the way home, we spent some quality time with a pod of friendly coastal bottlenose dolphins.

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

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