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Killer Whale report – Thurs Sept 9

Our Lucky Day!

The NWS forecast was for heavy drizzle and light rain.  So I had second thoughts about going out shooting with my digital cameras.  Oh, boy.  The weatherman could not have been more wrong.  It was a delightful, bright sunny day with very light winds on the Channel today, and to top things off we spent most of the trip observing Killer Whales.

Here is what the Condor Expressly watched today: 4 Killer Whales (aka Orcas) 25 California Sea Lions 100 Common Dolphins 50 Risso's Dolphins

The Orcas were spotted in the east end of the Channel, north of Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island.  The four whales included one young male, two females and a very young calf.  We followed along as they moved here and there, mostly westerly, for an hour and a half.  During this time they displayed several interesting behaviors including a couple of passes directly under the boat.  At one point I was shooting a California Sea Lion on the surface feeding on a fish a few hundred yards south of the boat, and wondered as I shot if the Orcas would be interested.  Sure enough, the male took a very high speed path directly at the helpless furry mammal and we thought the little guy was a goner.  But no.  The sea lion was fine and apparently the big boy was just “practicing” or something.  Anyhow, it was a remarkable day capped off by two different additional species of dolphins and the great weather.

You never know on a day to day basis what mother nature has in store.  But it is always an amazing day full of sea creatures and adventures on the high seas when the Condor Express leaves the dock every day at 10am regularly.  Hope to see you and your associates out there… Sign up now and tell your friends.  Call 1-888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088 to get your name on the list before all the spots fill up. Photographs from today's trip will be available online as soon as I can process them, certainly by Saturday.

Best fishes and have a WHALE of a day ! Bob Perry Condor Express

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