A blue shark, plenty of active humpbacks and lots of dolphins too

2018 09-11 Gaviota Coast

A marine layer with some fog kept the sea surface glassy all morning until the sun broke through on our way home.  Captain Dave explored new and very productive grounds as he took the Condor Express to the far western coast and just south of Gaviota.  This change of pace resulted in some wonderful sightings, including: 6 humpback whales, 900 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 juvenile blue shark.

The whale encounters consisted of a first group of 3, and later 3 additional individual whales.  One of the individual whales breached, and another seriously mugged the Condor Express (see Captain Dave’s iPhone photo of this friendly whale).  Dolphins were scattered everywhere the whales went and, as always, paid a lot of attention to the boat and their fans on board.

A single blue shark was found on the surface.  The glassy surface made for great looks of this fish.  It was a very small specimen but nonetheless wonderful to watch.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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