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A pair of humpbacks and lots of dolphins.

Image: A humpback whale throws its tail.


2024 06–17 SB Channel


Captain Eddie and the crew reported clear and sunny skies with a moderately bumpy ocean surface. A light breeze near Santa Barbara became stronger as we left the mainland behind. Sightings for the day included: 400 common dolphins, two humpback whales, and two ocean sunfish (Mola mola). The crew also picked up two deflated, floating, Mylar balloons from the ocean surface.


We watched two pods of common dolphins today. The first was a small pod which we found as we left the harbor, just one mile offshore. Later, at the end of the trip, we watched a much larger group as we’re coming back in towards the beach.


We were on track for the Eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, but the farther off sure we went the bumpier things became. When we were about 10 miles out we located a pair of adult humpback whales. They were logging on the surface (hard to believe with all the chop on the water) and we had some great looks. The pair came close to the boat once or twice, and one of them will let loose with a real best tail throw. (See today’s photograph for an example).


You never know what Mother Nature has in store.


Bob Perry

Condor Express, and 

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