2018 10-25 SB Channel
What a fabulous streak of flat, calm seas and sunny skies we have been experiencing these past couple of weeks. And so it was again today in the Santa Barbara Channel. Captain Dave and his crew located and closely watched 4 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.
Dave took the Condor Express directly south on a heading for Santa Cruz Island, but was stopped about 5 miles offshore by a group of 4 large adult humpback whales that were in a tight group and exhibiting lots of cool socializing behaviors. Dive times were very short and on the surface the whales rolled around, vocalized, made close passes by the Condor and emitted long bubble trails as they dove under the boat. These whales were animated and friendly.
After a significant amount of time was spent with the whales, Dave headed west and near Platform Holly the Condor Express was located by a huge mega-pod of dolphins that stretched for more than a mile. As we traveled, the dolphins came to the boat, one group at a time, and rode our bow, side and stern waves. It was a wonderful encounter.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com