2020 07-12 SB Channel
It was sunny all day and the first part of the trip experienced calm seas, but the wind picked up as we approached Santa Cruz Island. Captain Colton and his crew reported watching: 2 Minke whales and 3500+ long-beaked common dolphins.
Deckhand Austin located the first whale after announcing to the crew that he was feeling “whalie” today. Amazing. This Minke whale made a few close passes and everyone had good looks. Much later in the trip, Captain Colton and deckhand Devin helped get the Condor Express lined up on a second whale. This one actually surfed our stern wake. The crew also mentioned that its spout was compact, distinct and about 4-feet high…different from the low, diffused Minke whale blows we typically see.
Common dolphins located the boat north of the Summerland oil platforms and large pods were seen all day. There were so many dolphins that Captain Colton and the crew had a hard time putting together an accurate population estimate (hence the + sign next to the number reported). It is always a good trip to be surrounded by these active animals on a bright and sunny day.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com