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A windy day with a good variety of mammals

The early morning fog gave way to sunny skies as the wind picked up a bit today.  It was the kind of moderate breeze that adds a sparkle to the water and makes the marine life seem more animated than usual.  There was a good variety of mammals and total sightings for the excursion included 600 California sea lions, 350 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 humpback whale.  A blue whale showed itself for two breathing cycles which included 14 minute dives.

The dolphin herd intercepted the Condor Express out on the 50-fathom line.  A short few miles later the blue whale was seen by some, but not all.  The final sighting zone was near the mouth of the Santa Cruz Channel where a 600 individual mob of sea lions and a single humpback were feeding.  The whale did a few nice tail slaps and one vigorous tail throw. It was a day with a good variety of mammals.

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

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