Large numbers of bottlenose dolphins, some common dolphins, several gray whales and a humpback today
2019 03-22 SB Coast
Captain Dave and his crew ran three trips today departing Santa Barbara Harbor at 9a, 12n and 3p. There was gorgeous weather and great sea conditions all day long. The following sightings were made today: 47 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 8 gray whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 humpback whale. The dolphin sightings were even better than usual today.
The morning trip first encountered a dozen bottlenose dolphins near Leadbetter Beach and had really good looks as the water was very clear. Further west two gray whales travelling alone were watched. On the outside leg of the trip 200 common dolphins located the Condor Express and rode our waves. On the way back in, and near the harbor entrance, 15 additional bottlenose dolphins were watched.
At noon we again found bottlenose dolphins. There were 10 of them close to the harbor, near the lighthouse. Further west we watched 2 single gray whales around Hendry’s Beach. Moving outside a single humpback whale was watched.
The afternoon trip headed west and quickly located 2 gray whales traveling alone, and got good looks at them. Further west, near Coal Oil Point (aka Counter Point), a pair of grays were watched as they migrated northbound side-by-side. Up near Isla Vista we found 10 more bottlenose dolphins in the kelp.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com