2020 08-15 SB Channel
Calm seas nearshore in the morning became a bit windy and choppy out near the islands in the afternoon. Skies were clear and the conditions for spotting cetaceans were excellent. Our list for today includes: 3+ giant blue whales, 150 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. A major highlight of today’s excursion was the awesome cruise along the northern sea cliffs of both Santa Rosa Island (eastern half) and Santa Cruz Island (western half).
A couple of small common dolphin groups located the Condor Express not far from Santa Barbara Harbor in the morning. They came by to look at their fans and surfed our bow, side and stern waves. Later, in The Lanes, a large herd of offshore bottlenose dolphins were watched. This group had lots of little calves mixed-in, and many of these larger dolphins were highly active and acrobatic.
Captain Dave searched the entire length of the “land of the giants,” as mentioned above. It was a great 2-island tour and culminated with us closely watching 3 giant blue whales with the wonderful geologic formations of Santa Cruz Island in the background. A few other spouts were in the near distance.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com
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SPECIAL ALL-DAY TRIP: Saturday August 29.
An approximate 8-hour trip to feature the end of summer wildlife of the Santa Barbara Channel will depart SEA Landing, check-in time is 730am for an 8am departure. Destinations are weather-dependent and could include the outer islands of Santa Rosa and San Miguel, and/or the south sides (“backsides”) of the islands. Please follow this link to sign-up: