Blue whale and thousands of dolphins

2020 10-07 SB Channel

Sea conditions were just fine and a high stratus layer meant little to no wind interrupted our search for wildlife. Captain Dave started out aiming for the west end of Santa Cruz Island and then ran east parallel to its north face. Totals included: 1+ giant blue whale, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 deadly Mylar balloons were retrieved.

Common dolphins were around all day increasing in numbers as the morning gave way to afternoon. Groups of 50 – 100 became pods of 500 or more by the time we headed home.

After making the turn and running east, a single giant blue whale was located. It was a large animal with a very regular 9 minute dive time. Long surface intervals were punctuated by a typical “circling” behavior. Great looks were had by all. Deckhand Devin saw an additional spout to the east through his binoculars. We believe both blue and humpback whales are still near Santa Cruz, perhaps further toward both ends of the island.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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