A trip to the far east yields humpbacks and dolphins.


2022 10-29 SB Channel


With the whale and dolphin populations spreading out, and strong northwest winds in the Channel, Captain Dave and the crew took a more southeasterly path today (see chart attached). We ended up just north of beautiful Anacapa Island. It was sunny all day and our sightings were good: 4 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.


Along our path to the southeast and near Platform Habitat, we started our dolphin encounters. Groups of dolphins were watched here and further along during the day. Further east we found a single humpback whale mixed in with a nice herd of dolphins. The whale had pure white pectoral fins and we had some nice looks.


Dave then started moving away from the islands along a northwesterly path. There was a nice humpback breach in the distance…always fun to see! Soon thereafter we found a pair of large adult whales. These leviathans had long down times which could suggest possible deep schools of prey…or something else.


As we approached the mainland coast the wind diminished. Dave did a narrated short tour of the Summerland oil platforms.


You never know what Mother Nature has in store.


Bob Perry

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