A very productive excursion: 18 humpback whales and 1200 dolphins

2017 10-15 SB Channel

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had a very productive excursion with 18 humpback whales and 1200 long-beaked common dolphins seen.  California sea lions and thousands of feeding sea birds were also in the picture.

The action today was in the far western Santa Barbara Channel, approximately 16 miles west of Platform Holly.  There were two hot spots encountered, the first smaller than the second.  The first was located by all the bird activity and dolphins in the zone. The tall spouts also led us to watching 6 whales closely.  Sea lions were active here, too, and feeding was just beneath the surface.

The second spot was out in The Lanes where a total of 12 more humpback whales were congregated, feeding alongside hundreds of dolphins.  Several good humpback behaviors were watched as the sighting progressed, including:  open mouth chin-slapping, tail throwing, close passes by the Condor Express and several breaches (within visual range).

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

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