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July 19, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

Weather and sea conditions were calm as we departed Santa Barbara and the wind  picked up later, especially in the southwestern  Santa Barbara Channel.  Totals for the day included 2 humpback whales, 2,500 common dolphins and 1 very large Mola mola.

It was the “day of the dolphin” and we encountered many groups, both large and small, everywhere we traveled today.  The dolphins began locating us in the north Channel, not too far offshore, and our whale watchers really got some great interaction time.

In The Lanes, the wind picked up a tiny bit, and there were lots of dolphins plus one small migrating humpback whale.  We’ve frequently seen this individual whale this season and it’s recognized by being completely covered with white spots.  Even when photos are blown up on the screen, it is hard to discern what theses spots are…possibly small sessile barnacles…possibly scars…

South of The Lanes we found a very large humpback whale with white tail flukes and white pectoral fins.  It was a beast.  Again, hundreds of dolphins were all over the area.  We also stopped the boat to watch a very cooperative ocean sunfish or Mola mola, as it relaxed on its side on the surface.  Many of our whale watchers had never seen a Mola mola before.

C’mon out and join us for a sunny, exhilarating day with the wildlife.

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

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