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Humpback whales

2016 06-18 SB Channel

It was a tad breezy out towards the Channel Islands so wise ol’ Captain Dave and his crew found a big hot spot only 8 miles offshore.  Conditions on “our side” of the Channel were very nice.

The hot spot consisted of at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins with a cadre of hungry sea birds.  While dolphin watching, numerous humpback whales popped-up in the zone.  It turned out there were 10 humpbacks closely watched with many more all around the area.  All the action was pretty tight and aligned with the dolphins for about an hour.  Then, one by one, the big cetaceans spread out and ended up widely dispersed.

On the way back Dave stopped on a very large ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  A tour with Dave’s excellent commentary about the offshore oil platforms ended things on a high note.

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

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