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Gray whales, a humpback, white-siders and more!

2019 03-26 SB Coast

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran a single trip that left the docks at 12 noon today. There was light rain and drizzle at the start of the trip, but at the end there was a clear blue sky. Sea conditions were nice. Total sightings for the day included: 2 gray whales, 25 Pacific white-sided dolphins, one humpback whale, and 20 California sea lions.

The trip started with a run along the coast to the west. Near More Mesa, 2 juvenile gray whales were located, and we followed behind as they migrated up towards Goleta Bay. Great looks were had by all…the water was clear and one could follow the whales underwater as well as on the surface. Near Campus Point we turned offshore a little ways and located a small hotspot. The hotspot included Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions, and all sorts of predatory sea birds, feeding on an anchovy bait ball. Fun!

Further offshore, we encountered a humpback. It had white pectoral fins and white tail flukes. The interesting thing about this whale was that it spent about eight or 10 minutes down on each dive, during which it swam a half a mile or more. Wow!

You never know what mother nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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