Great weather, great marine mammals.
2018 03-08 SB Coast – A single Condor Express private charter trip left the harbor just after noon and found gorgeous blue skies with calm seas. Sightings included: 30 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 300 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales.
About 1 mile out from the harbor, a pair of whales was found on its northbound migration, which most of the gray whales are undergoing at this time of year. Captain Dave and his crew followed the pair west as far as the lighthouse. Near the lighthouse a wide-spread pod of common dolphins coming from the west located the Condor Express. Dave turned the boat and ran with the commons for some great interaction. They were feeding on northern anchovies on the surface. Lots of dolphins were swimming upside down, chasing the little fish all around. It was a great sighting.
At this point a single whale was located close to the beach and we followed it on its trek to the west (the direction that whales and ships must take to eventually move north). Again, great looks were had by all.
On the way home, and near the harbor, a 4th whale was found and watched closely. In addition to this whale a very large pod of inshore bottlenose dolphins located the boat. They were friendly, vocal and many had calves with them.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express