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First coastal gray whale watch

2018 02-20 SB Channel – It was our first coastal gray whale watch of the season and great late afternoon trip.  )ne gray whale and over 1000 long-beaked common  dolphins were closely watched. It was a bit breezy, but clear as a bell.  You could see all four islands, Point Conception and Bony Ridge too.

We left the harbor at 3 o’clock in by 3:15 Dave had located a juvenile gray whale heading north. The whale was close to the beach and it was a small one, probably a yearling. We follow this whale all along Hendry’s Beach, and past the lighthouse, for about a half an hour. During this time it traveled along side the Condor Express most of the time. At one point the little whale paused and spy-hopped (as if it was taking a look at us).

Dave then ran west looking for whales all the way to Campus Point.  Here we turned offshore and ran several miles searching for other species. Soon a mega pod of at least 1,000 dolphins located the Condor Express. The dolphins were moving up hill against the swells and fighting the winds. It was a spectacular view. The trip home to the Harbor was much calmer with the wind and seas at our stern.

You never know what mother nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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