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Great dolphins, a look inside the Cave, and humpback whales too.

2017 07-19 SB Channel

Captain Dave took the mighty Condor Express on explorations that included both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel.  The result of these efforts included 2 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  The skies were sunny in Santa Barbara and again at Santa Cruz Island, but were a bit foggy in the mid-Channel region.

On the way to the southwest the Condor encountered group after group of dolphins that came and played around the boat.  At this point we were 6 or 7 miles south of UCSB.  Finally, Dave’s patient explorations of the dolphins resulted in the discovery of humpback whales.  Great sightings were had by all.

A nice run over to Santa Cruz Island and a cruise along the northwestern sea cliffs culminated with a trip inside the mouth of the beautiful, world-famous Painted Cave.  Dave shared some of his extensive knowledge of the island and its pre-history, geology, and current restoration.

On the way home additional dolphins were found about 6 miles out from Santa Barbara harbor.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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