7 humpback whales, 3500 dolphins…in the fog!
2021 11-03 SB Channel
Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express did it again. How is it possible? Under zero-visibility fog conditions that persisted all day in the Channel, somehow they found and closely watched 7 humpback whales and 3500 long-beaked common dolphin.
The largest concentration of wildlife was 7 miles southwest of the harbor. Here the crew pulled out all their tricks and located 5 humpback whales (a group of 2 then, nearby, a group of 3), and lots of common dolphins. The whales appeared to be engaged in subsurface feeding and plenty of wonderful, albeit foggy, tail flukes were seen by all.
A bit of time was spent carefully searching for more life when a megapod of at least 2000 dolphins found the Condor. We slowed to match their speed and had wonderful looks as these friendly mammals came close to the boat.
Later, off the coast of UCSB, we encountered a mother humpback whale with her calf. Both were gently logging on the surface when we arrived, but soon the calf got active. It did a lot of rolling around and some half-hearted, slo-mo pectoral fin slaps.
Not only was today a testimony to the keen eyes and talent of our crew, but also to the abundance of life in the Channel right now. Bravo!
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com