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A great cetacean variety and sunny skies.

2015 09-08 SB Channel

Our Labor Day holiday trip was very successful. Captain Eric sailed out under clear, sunny skies and that famous Santa Barbara cobalt clear water pervaded the Santa Barbra Channel. About 2 miles out of the Harbor a single 4-foot hammerhead shark was cruising the surface and gave us great looks.

Moving on to approximately mid-Channel, the only pod of long-beaked common dolphins was observed, and it consisted of at least 1,000 animals all moving in one, mile-long line. It was very dramatic to see.   A bit later when we were about 2 miles north of Santa Cruz Island, and even larger mega-pod with at least 2,000 short-beaked common dolphins swam with the Condor Express and thrilled their fans on board.

A bit to the west, and still just a few miles off the island, 6 humpback whales were closely watched today with at least another 6 spouting in the area. We just ran out of time and could not possibly get close looks at all of them. The entire humpback group was slowly moving east, and all had 12 minute or longer bottom times. Several made close and friendly approaches to the boat. In summary, the day brought us a great cetacean variety and sunny skies.

We’re in for another heat wave, so I urge you to cool off with a nice whale watch trip with the Condor Express in our fabulous Santa Barbara Channel.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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