Kelping humpback and other delights
2018 08-07 SB Channel – Far East
Captain Dave returned to the hot zone that has been firing north and east of Anacapa Island this week. A hazy sunshine kept things nice and optimized locating wildlife. Seas were calm. Total sightings for the day included: 1 blue shark, 1 sunfish (Mola mola), 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. One of the highlights of the day was some kelping behavior by one of the humpback whales.
The wonderful dolphins were primarily found near the hot spot today, and not so much mid-Channel. However, along the route to and from the hot spot and Santa Barbara, a very cooperative blue shark was sighted as it spent some quality time finning along the calm surface. A Mola mola, aka ocean sunfish, was similarly observed.
The two humpbacks we watched today were traveling slowly east. One of them, however, took time out from its travels to do some “kelping.” This is where a marine animal plays around in the drifting, detached giant kelp paddies that float freely around the waters of California. Humpbacks are notorious kelpers.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com