Feeding frenzy reveals loads of life

2020 03-02 SB Coast

Captain Colton in the crew found a little tiny bit of wind with no swell and sunny skies. The swell calmed down as we moved offshore a little ways. Total sightings for the day included 100 California sea lions, 15 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 2 humpback whales. A pod of bottlenose located the Condor Express just outside the harbor. They were easy to watch and especially fun because there were a couple of calves in the group. Moving west, a tiny juvenile humpback whale, somewhere around 25 feet long, was located about 2 miles south of The Mesa. It was shy but we managed to get quite a few nice looks.

A giant bait ball packed tight with northern anchovies and spread across a quarter-mile of ocean developed close to our location. It was full of diving seabirds and voracious California sea lions. Soon a larger humpback whale came through the bait ball and did a lot of surface lunging right next to the boat. Clear water enhanced the views and the experience… Nat Geo all the way. You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and Condor expressPhotos.com

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