Friday, August 12, 2016 – Once again Captain Dave took command of the Condor Express and drained a hefty load of cetacean biomass out of the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel. He reported perfect sunny conditions, 5 humpback whales and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins. A tour of the western end of Santa Cruz Island and the interior of the world-famous Painted Cave rounded out the excursion.
The first installment of cetacean biomass included sporadic groups of dolphins, some in the hundreds, which found us just north of The Lanes. Dolphins would be around the boat most of the time for the rest of the trip. Three humpback whales popped out of this region as well.
The next event was Dave’s rendition of the endemic species, paleontology, early history and politics of beautiful Santa Cruz Island, including a trip inside the the mouth of the Cave. As an unexpected bonus, a cadré of kayakers from our neighbor ship, The Truth, followed us into the Cave then disappeared into the darkness. Wow!
On the way home the cetacean biomass was increased by an additional pair of humpback whales were watched when we were only 5 miles or so from Santa Barbara harbor.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express