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All our Humpback Pals & a Mugging

Captain Eric took this picture with his cell phone. Thanks to Augie for sending it to us!

All our Humpback Pals & a Mugging

Captain Eric did not have to go far to find the “mother lode” of cetaceans.  Things were very hot here in the north Santa Barbara Channel, close to the “rig line” of offshore oil platforms.  We watched a total of 7 humpback whales and they included a whole batch of our regular humpback whale “friends.”   Top Notch, Scarlet, Shorty and even Lucky (the rescued whale) were there visit their fan club.   It was Top Notch and 2 of its buddies that came over and mugged the Condor Express for 10 or 15 minutes, as you can see in the photograph above.  More spouts were seen in the area.   At least 1,000 long beaked common dolphins were with us all day.   Conditions were ideal.  It was hot and sunny with glass flat sea surface.  Wow.

Schedule note:   no public whale watch trip this Tuesday, 9/30….the rest of the week is wide open.

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

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