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5 gray whales, 2 humpback whales and lots of dolphins.

2016 03-09 SB Channel

We ran a single excursion today leaving the dock around noon. Total marine mammal sightings included 5 gray whales, 2 humpback whales (with more in the distance), and around 550 long-beaked common dolphins. Here are the details:

12 noon By 1215 we were already following along behind a trio of northbound gray whales. They continued to plow head-on into the on-coming swells the whole time we watched.   After a dozen or so minutes a second group of 2 more gray whales slowly came up and over-took the trio as the trio took a break and logged.

Near 100pm our first of two pods of long-beaked common dolphins, about 50 strong, came by the Condor Express and showed off an abundance of little calves of all sizes. This was a proud nursery pod. Twenty minutes later I spotted taller spouts and some nice flukes and we headed out a few miles to locate two humpback whales. These were heading south and had 10 – 12 minute down times. There were several more spouts in the vicinity as well as some distant breaching.

The trip ended as we drifted among a much larger pod of long-beaked common dolphins that numbered around 500 individuals.

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

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