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Gray whale calves and two kinds of dolphins today

Two trips, one at 9 AM and one at noon, went out in search of whales and other wildlife. Totals for the day included five gray whales, four bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.

There was a south wind with clear sunny skies when the Condor express left the dock at 9 o’clock this morning. Captain Dave steered the boat west to More Mesa where a gray whale mother and her calf were located in the kelp. We followed the pair up to Goleta Bay. On the way home, near the lighthouse, another single whale was watched.  Previous to that, four bottlenose dolphins found the boat and were a lot of fun to watch.

By the afternoon trip the wind calmed down completely and the ocean was mirror glass. We headed east and soon a herd of common dolphins found the boat and we had fun watching them. We continued east to Carpenteria and off Padero Lane another group of bottlenose dolphins located the boat which made two different species of dolphins so far on the afternoon trip. Finally, near Carpenteria Reef, another  mother gray whale at her calf located

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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