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Gray whales and dolphins in the wind.

2022 04-05 SB Coast

9a and 12n excursions left the harbor on a windy day with a moderate swells. Sightings were good and totals for the trip included 5 gray whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins.

About 6 miles south of UCSB, a single, a pair, then another single gray whale was sighted. The later pair and single joined up to make a trio and we stayed with them for several breathing cycles. All these whales were northbound adults. Considering the wind and seas, we had good looks. After an offshore run east back towards the harbor, we encountered a large herd of dolphins. They were awesome to watch as they busted through the swells synchronously, with the wind getting stronger all the while.

Noon was particularly windy. Captain Dave bent his course east to put some of the weather astern. A single, juvenile whale was watched south of the Carpinteria oil rigs. Unfortunately, it was entangled and wrapped up pretty tight. Dave called the entanglement team and other qualified rescue teams up north. We’re all keeping good thoughts. I’ll post an update if we get further information.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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