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A nice pause between storms results in 8 humpack whales. 3 of them MUGGED us.

Image: a friendly humpback whale rises up from the deep to MUG the Condor Express.

2023 11-17 SB Channel

The rain held off and we had sweet weather for a wonderful day full of whale and dolphin sightings. Seas had a light, mixed chop from southeast winds and a small west swell. Skies started partly cloudy, but the incoming storm made it darker by the end of the day. We closely watched: 8 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.

Captain Dave and the crew ran southeast 11 miles to find a pair of whales on the edge of The Lanes. They had long dive times but fluked up nicely after each. We moved west to a spot in the separation zone between the two Lanes. Here we were greeted by about 800 dolphins and what eventually turned out to be 6 whales, 2 pairs of 3 each.

The highpoint of the marine life watching took place when the first pair decided to mug the Condor Express for over 30 minutes. (See today’s photo for an example). The worked all sides of the boat including bow and stern…playing to an appreciative audience.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store,

Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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