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5+ gray whales – single trip only

2021 03-25 SB COAST

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran a single trip that left the docks at 9 AM. Skies were sunny with patchy clouds. There was no wind and only a slight swell. Sightings for the day: 5+ Pacific gray whales heading north.

After a couple of brief surface intervals with a shy juvenile whale near the Goleta Bay, Dave moved the boat 4 miles offshore where we found a group of four adult whales. They synchronized their dive cycle and did a little bit of rolling around. The group was very friendly around the boat and we all got great looks.

On the way home there were multiple spouts in the distance that we had no time to reach but are a good omen for tomorrow’s trips!

As a side-note, one of the big surprise “hits” of the trip was a tiny newborn Pacific harbor seal that was inside the harbor. It was been seen hauled out on the bait barge and also on the sandspit. It doesn’t stray far from its mother and is often seen riding on her back.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express and, CondorExpressPhotos.com

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