Gorgeous conditions and a nice assortment of wildlife sightings

2022 04-21 SB Coast

Seas were calm and skies were mostly sunny except for some passing, gorgeous billowing clouds. Sightings included 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), 1 humpback whale, 6 Dall’s porpoise, and 300 long-beaked common dolphins.

The first sighting of the day was a very large ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which we found basking in the morning sunlight off Leadbetter Beach. It was not shy and we had good looks.

Dall’s porpoise rocketed all around the Condor Express for a brief visit on our farthest point south of the mainland coast, about 10 miles off Elwood Beach. The ocean conditions enhanced our looks at these marvelous, chubby, black and white cetaceans.

About 8 miles off the Mesa a nice pod of dolphins located us and rode our bow, side and stern waves.

Finally, our single humpback whale of the trip was found 3 miles east of the NOAA East Channel Buoy. It had a very regular breathing cycle with 7-minute down times. This whale kicked up its tail nicely as well.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express, and


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