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Hotspot produces whales and two species of dolphins

2017 10-14 SB Channel

The hot spot zone is still active about 9 miles south of UCSB.  Today Captain Dave and  the crew of the Condor Express located and closely watched 8 humpback whales, 20 inshore bottlenose dolphins and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins.  The weather and sea conditions were great.

Things were pretty quiet as only a few small pods of common dolphins located the boat as it ran southwest to the hot spot.  On location, however, was a completely different scene.  Hundreds of commons were feeding below the surface and, as has been the story for quite some time now, this attracts humpback whales.

Among the whales we watched closely today, surrounded by dolphins, was a large adult that caught us all by surprise with a massive breach just off the stern of the boat.  Breathtaking!

On the way home Dave took a tour of Platform Holly, the active natural gas seeps in the area, and other coastal landmarks.

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

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