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A phenomenal humpback mugging and endless pods of dolphins.

2021 09-05 SB Channel

The usual sky pattern was with us again today: dense fog quickly becomes a gray stratus layer that burns off to clear blue skies fairly quickly. “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” A slight bump, from winds to the west, was with us as well. Sightings were wonderful. We closely watched 10,000 long-beaked common dolphins, around 100 California sea lions and 3 humpback whales. One deflated, floating, semi-decomposed helium Mylar balloon was retrieved from the surface by the crew wielding a gaff.


This was a “mega” day for dolphins, similar to one we experienced just a few weeks ago. Masses and lines of common dolphins that stretched for miles were seen throughout the Channel, and were seen in a very dense concentration in the whale zone. Pelagic birds, gulls, pelicans and terns were abundant. Sea lions were scattered among the whales and dolphins, too.

All 3 humpback whales were found together as a trio near the NOAA East Channel Buoy. All were adults and we had a magical encounter. We were mugged for over an hour. Other behaviors included frequent spy hopping, head stands (opposite of a spy hop), and phenomenal forays nest to, around and under the Condor Express. Everyone got great photos including those hard-to-get whalfies (whale selfie).

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Mark your calendars! After having such wonderful sights further offshore (we were several miles south of San Miguel Island at one point) on our special 8-hour whale watch last month, Captain Dave is going to do it again!

Make your reservations now: Saturday, September 25 – 8am to 4pm

phone: 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088

My report from the August trip is here:

All day trip with killer whales etc etc

I look forward to seeing you on board!


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