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A sunny day with glassy seas and a whopping 13 humpback whales.

2021 04-16 SB Channel

Captain Colton and his team ran two whale watching excursions today, one at 12 noon and the other at 3p. Seas were calm and glassy. Skies were sunny and bright. Sightings were very good, including: 13 humpback whales and 100 California sea lions.

At noon we located our first whale just 3 miles south of Leadbetter. It was a solo animal and a bit reclusive. Further offshore a group of 4, which included a mother and her calf, plus another single whale, were closely watched. A few surface feeding events were witnessed and each consisted of a straight up and down lunge out of the water. Bait fish by the thousands jumped all around and a moderate sized mob of sea lions was there feeding too. On the way home we had a good, but quick, encounter with another single humpback.

The initial course heading for the 3- trip was straight out to the humpback hot spot. Just 2 miles outside the harbor our first humpback appeared. Soon thereafter 2 large adults were watched. These adults mugged the Condor Express and another boat nearby for over an hour. (A photo of this mugging, taken by our friend Spencer McRae, can be seen above.) Later we relocated the mother and calf from the morning trip, plus yet another solo beast. On the way home we watched our lucky 13th humpback of the day!

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

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