An epic blue whale season: today is day #60!
2020 09-20 SB Channel East
Today is the 60th day the giant blue whales have been present in the Channel this season
Glassy seas held for the duration of the excursion with some coastal fog early, clearing to partly sunny skies. Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express headed southeast to the land of the giants near the east end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. Total sightings for closely-watched species included 6+ giant blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. Today is the 60th day the giant blue whales have been present in the Channel this season. What a year!
The crew had already left the coastal fog zone behind when the first small pod of dolphins located the Condor Express about 10 miles offshore. We’d interact with additional groups of dolphins mixed in with the giant blue whales and as scattered pods during our trip back to the harbor in the afternoon.
As you can see in the diagram above, the land of the giants was about 4 miles north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island. The whales were scattered over about a half-mile of water and even more spouts were seen through binoculars in the distance. Several nice terminal dive tail fluke waterfalls were seen today.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com
SPECIAL TRIP NOTICE We still have spots left on our up-coming 8-hour whale watch! Sign up now before our reduced passenger load sells out. Whales of many species, several kinds of dolphins, sharks Mola mola, pelagic birds, gelatinous animals…who knows what Mother Nature has in store? I am reminded that transient (Biggs) killer whales were in the Channel quite recently too.
Mark your calendar for Saturday September 26. The trip departs promptly at 8am and returns sometime after 4pm. Sign up at: www.condorexpress.com Hope to see you on board.