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Lots of dolphins, then 2 humpbacks thoroughly entertain everyone.

2019 04-26 SB Coast

A single excursion, which left the docks at SEA Landing, Santa Barbara, at noon, resulted in sightings of 600 long-beaked common dolphins and 3 humpback whales. But wait! There’s more.

Seas were calm and a marine stratus layer persisted throughout the trip today. After running west along the coast to UCSB, Captain Dave and his crew headed offshore about 4 miles where the Condor Express was located by a nice herd of dolphins. The pod was moving east and individuals from the group came over to meet and greet the boat. In the same neighborhood a single large whale was also watched.

Dave eventually took the boat east and before long came across two more whales. One of them was our old pal, Scarlet. The pair soon made a very friendly approach and then engaged in a long period of behaviors right next to us. This episode included numerous pectoral flipper slaps, some rolling around and otherwise playing in the drifting giant kelp paddies…which is known as “kelping,” and can be seen above in today’s photograph.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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