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8 humpbacks, 1500 dolphins and a GIGANTIC sunfish

2022 04-09 SB Coast

Seas got a bit “nautical” out there today, with big choppy waves and strong winds. Nevertheless, sightings included 8+ humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 HUGE ocean sunfish (Mola mola).

Today we found extremely lumpy seas with a short-interval 6 to 8 foot chop. The harbor and first mile or two had no wind on top of the lump and the Condor Express proceeded offshore. About 6 miles out the white caps started up and, at the same time, we got into a mega pod of common dolphins that stretched over ½ mile of choppy seas. It is always fun to watch these wave-loving animals in big surf (provide you are holding on with both hands tightly). Within the mega pod we quickly discovered 2 pairs of whales, three more single whales, and a lone calf. Seas were so rough and the whales so mobile, we could not determine which adult was the mother of the calf. Towards the end of this amazing whale and dolphin filled encounter, the calf began rolling around a bit on the wind swept surface.

On our way into the harbor, Captain Dave and the crew spotted a submerged object which, at first glance, looked like a submerged skiff. After stopping immediately, and looking carefully, we had stopped quickly for a giant-sized ocean sunfish (Mola mola). Dave estimated its diameter at around 8ft. Whoa!

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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