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Humpbacks and dolphins near the coast

Image: a humpback whale near the Santa Barbara Coast


2024 04-30 SB Channel


A single noon trip left the docks with sunny skies and bumpy seas. The bumps came from strong winds to the west and north. Sightings for the trip included: 2 humpback whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.


To escape some of the rough inshore conditions, Captain Dave and the crew rand out about 5 miles south of the harbor then turned west. We moved slowly through the on-coming seas until 2 individual humpbacks were located off Goleta Point. One had a pure white tail and that was the one we spent most of our time watching. It had 6 minute dive times and came by the boat a couple of times to take a look at its fan club.


A herd of dolphins passed through the area as we were watching the humpback, and they, too, got boat friendly at times.



You never know what Mother Nature has in store.


Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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