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A large number of sea lions, good gray whales and a wonderful Minke

2022 03-17 SB Channel

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran 2 trips today, 9a and 12n. Skies were clear, and the wind held off until late into the noon trip. A light wind swell rolled through. Closely watched species included: 4 gray whales, 1 Minke whale and 200 California sea lions.

Our first whale was found near Goleta Bay and was a solo adult. We watched for a while then moved offshore a few miles. On the noon excursion 3 adult whales were found 3 mile south of Hope Ranch. These were very regular in their breathing cycles, had short dive times and approached the boat on one occasion.

California sea lions were abundant on both trips. Marauding groups of 30 or more individuals were actively hunting but took time out to study the Condor Express as she motored by.

The last sighting on the morning excursion was a wonderful, cooperative Minke whale. It was on the small side, but had long surface times and came up near the boat a few times.

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

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