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Gray whales: 1 goes south, 1 goes north. Dolphins too!

2020 02-28 SB Coast

Two coastal trips left the docks today with ideal conditions on both. Sightings included two gray whales, 10 bottlenose dolphins, and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Immediately outside the harbor entrance, on the morning trip, we found a nice group of 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins. We tagged along with them from the pier eastbound through the anchorage. It is always fun to see these large animals. Capt Dave gsve a nice oil rig tour and then we moved south and ran into scattered pods of common dolphins. Moving to the west, about 5 miles off of the Mesa, we located one large southbound gray whale. It was very regular it is dive cycle and it’s fluking.

The afternoon trip consisted of seeing one little juvenile gray whale which we followed from Hendrys beach up to More Mesa. It was in about 6 feet of water right along the sand! It was heading north. Yesterday I forgot to mention we collected 22 feral Valentine’s Day balloons that people let go and they ended up in the ocean. Today the count was down to “only” 12. It’s so sad to see these balloons in the ocean because of the horrible damage they do. You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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