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Humpbacks stole the show

2017 05-05 SB Coast

Humpbacks stole the show. Captain Dave and his crew ran two excursions today and saw a total of 1,600 long-beaked common dolphins, 6 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales.  As usual, this does not include the pinnipeds such as California sea lions which were abundant everywhere, and Pacific harbor seals which rest on the harbor bait barge.  Skies were overcast but it was not foggy.  The air temperature was much cooler as a late Pacific storm began to edge its way into our zone.

9 am All of the sightings and action took place well south east of Platform Hogan in an area many call the Ventura Flats (aka, The Flats).  Sharp-eyed Steve, our deckhand, spotted a megapod of dolphins at quite a distance, and we soon they came up to the Condor Express to meet their fans.  In the periphery, two full-grown adult humpback whales were on patrol, and one of them made a single very friendly pass along our port side and through the dolphin masses.  Further out from the dolphin hot spot, a pair of Minke whales was on patrol together, side-by-side.

12 noon Dave headed back out to the same region of The Flats.  This time a slightly smaller herd of dolphins found the Condor and played around it.  Soon a mother humpback and her very active calf came into the area.  The calf was slapping its pectorals and doing a lot of tail-throws.  A second mother and calf humpback joined to make a quad pod.  Humpbacks stole the show.

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

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