2018 02-18 SB Channel – Six fin whales and 2 gray whales provided the cetacean action today in the Santa Barbara Channel. Captain Dave and his crew located wildlife between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara Harbor. Weather and sea conditions were good, although the forecast for tomorrow is not. Our next trips are currently scheduled for Tuesday, when conditions improve.
On the way over to Santa Cruz Island a group of giant fin whales was encountered and we closely watched four of them. These are really big whales and a few friendly, close approaches to the Condor Express were made.
Dave gave his talk about the wonders of Santa Cruz Island and put the Condor into the first chamber of the world’s longest sea cave, the Painted Cave. This is always special and can only be attempted when seas are calm. It was sunny with only a light breeze along the island sea cliffs.
On the way home 2 more fin whales were discovered. One was a juvenile and was very curious and friendly around the boat and its fan club appreciated the attention.
Further along, and right off Hendry’s Beach near Santa Barbara Harbor, two northbound migrating gray whales put a great ending to a wondrous day in the Channel.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express