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July 23, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

Things were a bit windy and bumpy today, but as a consequence the sun was bright and warm. Captain Dave pushed the Condor Express slowly to the west as far as possible, then turned it around and spent the second half of the trip riding the swells with a much calmer ride.   Sightings for the trip included 3 humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Naturally, there is nothing better that whales in the wind.

On the steady trek to the west common dolphins were continual companions.  Some groups were several hundred strong, while others were 40 or 50.  Again we saw plenty of calves in the population.  Before long two humpbacks were located by their tall bushy spouts being blown around by the breeze.  These two whales showed their tail fluked quite a bit so the iPhone photographers were happy.

On the eastern leg of the cruise another humpback whale and loads more dolphins were observed.  Sure enough, as often happens when the wind and seas pick up, the whale got airborne with a massive breach not too far from the boat.  It sent a monstrous amount of spray up into the wind and caught everyone by surprise.  It was a random, one of a kind event.

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

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