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Blue whale calf mugs Condor Express…again!

2017 08-24 SB Channel

A stratus layer kept skies gray with filtered light, but seas were very calm today.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 6 blue whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins.

The dolphins found the Condor Express southwest of Platform Habitat on our way towards the giant blue whale grounds.  They were animated and spent a lot of time riding our waves.  Dave continued southeast.

As we have found the past 4 or 5 days, the giants were in The Lanes near the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  There was a mix of sizes in the group, from very large whales, to medium length whales to one comparatively small calf.

The calf was our “friend” with the large, curved dorsal fin that has been named “Wave.”  Once again, Wave mugged the boat, swam back and forth under the boat, and did some rolling around very close to our hulls.  Again the crystal clear, Santa Barbara cobalt blue water enhanced the sighting.  After a few encounters with Wave, its mother showed up and the two whales dove together and ended the sighting.

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

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