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Lots of great cetacean interactions today!

2021 03-12 SB Coast

What follows is a summary of the 9 – 1130a whale watch trip. Blue skies hosted a few billowing white clouds and seas were calm. Total sightings included 6 gray whales, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 2 Pacific white-sided dolphins.

Our first marine mammal interaction was with 2 lonely white-sided dolphins located about 2 miles south of the lighthouse. Strange to see only two and perhaps a larger pod was around that we did not encounter. A bit further offshore we watched 2 adults taking their time heading north, followed soon by another pair doing the same.

A bit of surface turbulence drew us to a point 7 mile out where we enjoyed playing with a large pod of friendly offshore bottlenose dolphins. As we watched this large group we suddenly realized there was a single juvenile gray whale in amongst the dolphins. The juvenile seemed to be having a great play session with all the dolphins and did a bit of rolling around, spy hopping and more.

On the way home and about 3 miles outside the harbor entrance another single juvenile was watched as it breached near the Condor Express several times in a row.

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

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