2022 08-16 SB Channel
Captain Devin reported patches of thick fog all day long with intervening clear spots loaded up with marine mammals. Totals for the day included: 10+ humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphin‘s.
The action began about 8 miles out and we continued southbound, slowly meandering through the wildlife and into the northbound lanes.
There were scattered dolphin pods everywhere and at least one of them was a mega pod with over 1000 individuals. Mixed in the dolphins, we found lots of humpback whales. We are reporting 10 closely watched whales, however they were many more spouts around the area and in the fog.
Among the whale activities today we saw lots of juveniles, some pairs, one nice episode of surface lunch feeding sideways, and some trumpet vocalizations. The fourth and fifth whale combo produced a couple of nice tail-throws. The last whale of the day did a little bit of pectoral fin-slapping, then rolled over on its back and and did some upside-down double pack slapping.
It was an amazing day in the Channel.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry
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