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Humpbacks, a gray whale and lots of offshore bottlenose dolphins

2021 04-06 SB CHANNEL

Strong afternoon and evening winds were absent for our two whale watch trips today (9a and 12n), but the sea surface had a distracting residual bump from the high winds overnight. Skies were hazy but sunny with a few small clouds here and there. Sightings included: 2 humpback whales, 1 gray whale and 20 offshore bottlenose dolphins.

We slowly worked west into the on-coming bump until we found our first whale, a gray, near Goleta Bay. It was a shy whale and the surface turbulence did not help. Captain Dave then headed offshore and soon a small pod of wonderful offshore bottlenose dolphins located us. We had a short but fun interaction with them. When the Condor Express was about 6 miles out, a breach caught the crew’s eyes. This turned out to be a friendly juvenile humpback that mugged us briefly and swam circles around the boat.

Noon was similarly bumpy, and Dave took a direct course to see if we could locate the same humpback seen in the morning. Instead a larger humpback gave us great looks. Coincidentally, another group of offshore bottlenose dolphins found us too.

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

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