A nautical day with 15++ humpbacks full of life.

2021 05-17 SB Channel

Predicted fresh breezes led our wise Captain Colton to run up the coast then turn “downhill” toward the southeast putting the seas astern. This strategy paid dividends in cetacean tonnage, too. Closely watched animals included 15 ++ humpback whales (++ meaning there were many many more spouts in the vicinity). One ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was also closely watched.

About 7 miles southeast of Naples Reef we encountered and closely watched 4 whales including a mother and her calf. The calf did quite a bit of tail-throwing, as they are supposed to do as part of their developmental stage of life.

Two miles east yielded another 5 whales (2+1+1+1), and soon a pair cruised the area. While we enjoyed the “whale parade” with many more spouts all around, a large adult breached nearby.

On the way home, our deckhand, resident aerial and boat photographer, environmentalist/naturalist and general nice guy, Adam, spotted a giant ocean sunfish (Mola mola) similar in size to the beast-fish we saw yesterday.

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

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