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A hole in the fog spotlights young whale's antics

Image: juvenile gray whale breaches - near SB coast

2023 03-11 SB Coast


Three trips left the docks, 9a, 12n and 3p. All were surrounded by dense, near zero-visibility, down-to-the-deck, fog. Who knows how many dolphins, whales and other forms of marine life were in the coastal waters today? Conditions notwithstanding, Captain Dave and his excellent crew located and watched 1 very active juvenile, northbound gray whale.

On the noon excursion, just outside the entrance to Santa Barbara Harbor, a tiny opening in the fog let some light shine on the ocean. Luck, destiny, a divine message….think what you will, but here, in that fleeting “sucker hole” of visibility, a single, juvenile gray whale was watched as it did a series of full-body, out of the water, breaches. Wow! This episode was followed by a period of shyness and irregular surface times/swim directions. Soon both whale and human reached the limits of this hole-in-the-fog, and the little whale went on incognito.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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