5 whales today
With grey skies we get gray whales….a true story, not a limerick! It may have been cloudy with a very few light sprinkles but the SE winds were very mild and it was a very calm ocean surface too. Outside Santa Barbara Harbor we had a fleeting look at 2 southbound gray whales that quickly gave us “the slip.” One sighting and done. Did they speed up? Did they double back? We can only guess. As we moved offshore about a mile further, we ran through a nice 800-animal herd of long beaked common dolphins. As usual, it was very blue clear water and the dolphins were even more friendly than usual. After a while playing with these little cetaceans, we spotted 3 more of their larger gray whale “cousins’ (er, very distant cousins). These we northbounders and they gave us great looks, and very regular tail flukes for the photographers on board to brag about. All in all t was a fantastic 12-noon departure mid day adventure.
We are aiming for another 12-noon trip on Thursday. You never know what Mother Nature has in store…
Bob Perry Condor Express