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Curious twist on friendly humpback behavior

2018 10-27 SB Channel

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran across the channel to Santa Cruz Island finding patchy dense fog along the way. Sightings included: 25 Risso’s dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 2 humpback whales.

After a great look at 25 Risso’s dolphins, Dave worked along the face of the island and brought the boat inside the world famous Painted Cave (Rumor Control:  it was just for fun, there are no whales in the cave). Then it was onto the west in search of more wildlife.

Before long we located the two whales. One of them was extremely friendly. It had a curious habit that made everyone very excited. It swam directly under the boat upside down, meaning it was right side up turned upside down beneath the boat, and then came out the other side to right itself again! Utterly amazing!

On the way home a mega pod of common dolphins located the Condor Express in rode alongside with us for quite a while.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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