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Humpback Tail Flukes Abound

2015 09-09 SB Channel

It’s another heat wave day in the Santa Barbara Channel, very hot in town and absolutely marvelous out on the water. Beat the heat!   Seas were calm and a very light breeze wafted across the surface today. Water clarity was superb and the color was Santa Barbara cobalt again.   The surface temperature was 72.8°F .

Captain Dave headed south until deck hand Tasha put us on the first 2 of what would end up being 13 humpback whales. All of the whales today were traveling and spending long times underwater. On the surface however, humpback tail flukes abound ! There were a few random and unpredictable breaches, and one very distant whale (perhaps 2 miles away) breached about 10 times and hardly anyone could see it. It was almost obscured by the curvature of the earth, I think.

Approximately 275 long-beaked common dolphins were watched today, and mostly these little cetaceans were riding the small wind swells to the east. A few calves were sprinkled here and there among the pods.

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

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