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Loads of blue whales, we watched 8…and dolphins too!

2020 09-18 SB Channel – East

Several good things to report: First, there was no fog in our neck of the Channel today. Second, we closely watched 8+ giant blue whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express cross the Santa Barbara Channel and entered the land of the giants about 5 miles north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.

There were scattered small dolphin pods around us starting just a few miles out from the harbor. Later, and the way home, we’d see a pod of at least 100 individuals actively surface feeding with loads of seabirds joining in the feast.

The whales today were still in the same general location as the past two weeks, a region I happily call the “land of the giants.” The giants were found in pairs and solo. All had nice long surface intervals. There were a few tail flukes, and we saw a couple of instances of blue whale pairs “racing”…seemingly chasing each other at high speeds.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

SPECIAL TRIP NOTICE We still have spots left on our up-coming 8-hour whale watch!  Sign up now before our reduced passenger load sells out. Whales of many species, several kinds of dolphins, sharks Mola mola, pelagic birds, gelatinous animals…who knows what Mother Nature has in store? Mark your calendar for Saturday September 26. The trip departs promptly at 8am and returns sometime after 4pm. Sign up at:   Hope to see you on board.

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