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Dense fog and still 2 whales and some dolphins were watched

Image: A humpback whale in dense fog.

2023 07-31 SB Channel

There was dense fog in our area of The Channel today, with lateral visibility averaging 100 meters, but reaching absolute zero a few times. Somehow Captain Devin and the crew still managed to put together the following sightings: 500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales.

After moving slowly offshore about 7 miles we encountered a few scattered, small pods of dolphins. During one dolphin encounter two individual whales were seen. The first was in travel mode and had 2-breath surface times and 8-minute down times and was a challenge to relocate in the fog. The second whale had longer down times and similar surface times EXCEPT when we first saw this animal it spent a few minutes enjoying some nice kelp.

On the slow trek home we encountered more small and scattered dolphin pods.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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