(Above: Bottlenose dolphin mother and calf; near Santa Cruz Island)
2022 12-30 SB Channel
There was a bit of rain on and off today with (naturally) overcast conditions. Seas were mirror glass. Sightings were great: 55 Risso’s dolphins, 35 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 huumpback whale, and 1 gray whale.
After running south across the Channel we spotted and watched a mixed-species group of offshore bottlenose dolphins and Risso’s dolphins near Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island. Both species had numerous calves with them. The bottlenose did a bit of bow riding and we had great looks at both species.
About ½ mile away a breaching humpback whale had us turn and go to it. On the scene it was a juvenile and it proceeded to do a couple of nice chin-slaps as we enjoyed watching this animal.
Captain Dave and the crew discussed the fascinating, Hollywood-like history of Pelican Bay, as we made a slow spin around the cove. Moving east from Pelican, we located a single southbound gray whale near Cavern Point. It was businesslike and kept focused on its migratory path.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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