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Blue skies, blue water and plenty of blue whales

2017 05-31 SB Channel

Captain Dave drove the Condor Express all over the eastern Santa Barbara Channel and returned to Santa Barbara Harbor with a wonderful tally list of cetaceans.  4 blue whales, 1 Minke whale and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Sea conditions were fantastic.

The excursion got off to a great start when we were still north of the rigs and passed through miles of dolphins.  These were searching and did take the time to find the Condor Express and ride a few waves.  Moving south of the rigs, the dolphin groups were spotty and larger, with pods in the hundreds of animals.  In the midst a lone Minke whale was on patrol.

Dave and his crew then headed southeast towards the “G” platforms:  Grace, Gilda and Gail.  After some searching we turned west and followed The Lanes.  Soon, one after the other, 4 giant blue whales had been tallied.  Their dive cycles were not synchronized, so it seemed like at least one whale was on the surface at all times.  A couple of them were regular tail flukers.

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

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