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Cow-calf gray whales

2016 04-28 SB Coast

The Condor Express ran one excursion along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast today in search of wildlife in general and gray whale cow-calf pairs in particular.  Four gray whales were located; it was two cow-calf pairs.  It was a bright and sunny day with a moderate chop from strong northwesterly winds in the far end of the Channel.  The morning started with a light breeze and ended up with much heavier winds.

9 am Captain Dave and his crew ran the kelp line nice and slow up the coast as far as UCSB.  Around Goleta Bay, near the university, the first pair of cow-calf gray whales were located.  The mother was on the small side.  Was this her first calf?  With winds freshening up quickly, Dave ran east and put the seas astern for a smoother ride.  The second cow-calf pair of whales were observed east of the Harbor.

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

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