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Cetaceans Abound – Humpback Whales

2015 10-11 SB Channel

Captain Eric headed out in the Channel today with sunny skies, warm temperatures and a moderate ground swell.   Out on the 50-fathom line he encountered 5 humpback whales (out of a total of 7 seen today).   The whales were surface lunge feeding on anchovies along with about 100 long-beaked common dolphins, California sea lions and various sea birds.   Several close approaches to the Condor Express in crystal clear cobalt water made this an epic sighting.

Eric next ran the west end of Santa Cruz Island and spun some yarns about the history and personalities involved before dipping into the mouth of the world-famous Painted Cave.   Upon leaving the Island on the return trip approximately 120 short-beaked common dolphins and 2 more humpback whales were watched closely. One of the humpbacks, “Frame Job,” is currently Captain Eric’s favorite of the season. It has a pure white tail with a perfect black border like a picture frame.   It was both stunning and unique.

Our next public whale watch trip is Thursday.

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

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