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A wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today

2017 05-30 SB Channel

2 blue whales, 4 humpback whales and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins made for a wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today.  Conditions were flat and calm.  Skies were covered by thin, high stratus.  It was warm.

Southeast of Santa Barbara Harbor there were countless small pods of dolphins stretched out and feeding over several miles of water.  They came to the boat and rode alongside for a while so people could take delphies.  A single humpback whale popped up in this dolphin hot spot and we got good looks.

Further east and into The Flats Rope and her calf were there and came by the boat for a close look.  Later another single whale was found swimming with the first one reported above…making a total of 4 for the trip…with lots more in the distance.

Moving south to The Lanes Captain Dave and his team located a single large blue whale with long surface intervals.  When the whale fluked-up, its right fluke was seen to be bent.  Another blue was in the near distance.  We saw it, but did not have time to settle-in.

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

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