5 humpbacks and one breached twice…plus dolphins
2018 10-28 SB Channel
Patchy fog in the early morning had cleared to bright blue skies for the duration of our excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel today. Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express headed south towards Santa Cruz Island, but were stopped by wildlife from north of The Lanes and west to the mid-Channel NOAA buoy. 5 humpback whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.
The whales were in a group that was slowly moving east. There were several nice close approaches to the boat and a couple of whales swam under the boat and came up close to the bow. One whale that was fairly close to the Condor Express took off and got fully airborne twice, as fans on board cheered.
Later, on the way home, a healthy sized pod of dolphins located us and rode our bow, side and stern waves creating another moment of human-cetacean bonding.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com