2015 08-27 SB Channel
Hot and foggy conditions ruled our section of the Santa Barbara Channel today but somehow Captain Dave managed to get everyone aboard the Condor Express great looks. Here are the totals: 7 Humpback whales, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.
I have no idea how Dave and his crew managed to see any cetaceans today, nevertheless get GREAT looks at them with the fog. This fog was on the ocean surface but did not extend too far up as we could just about always feel the hot sun and saw it if you looked straight up. However, viewing things in a normal manner, laterally, there was hardly any visibility ahead of the boat and Dave used the radar until things finally cleared up around 300pm.
The highlight of the excursion today was a humpback friendly encounter. A full-grown humpback whale came up right next to the boat and everyone had chills down their spine. We also saw our old pal “Rope” out in the middle of the Channel today.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express
PS There is no public whale watch trip this Saturday, August 29 due to an all-day private charter with the American Cetacean Society.