Lots of whales, dolphin megapods, and sea lion masses
2018 09-04 SB Channel
The hot streak continues as Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located and closely watched 7 humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 400 California sea lions. Skies were cloudy in the morning with a medium height stratus deck which quickly burned off to make a sunny afternoon. Seas were calm. Wildlife viewing conditions were fantastic.
All of the action moved north towards the mainland a little bit today, with the first sighting of 2 whales, several hundred dolphins and a load of sea lions taking place just 6 miles southwest of Santa Barbara Harbor. A third whale also put in an appearance. After a nice period of great sightings, Tasha located a massive megapod of dolphins to the east, and moved the boat to allow the dolphins to come alongside. It was a great encounter.
Not far from the dolphins 4 additional whales were located, also to the east. Several close passes by members of this group took place included a few nice swims directly under the Condor Express, from one side to the other. Wonderful to see!
On a few locations the crew headed for yet another dolphin mass only to find California sea lions instead. Large aggregations of sea lions were found among the dolphin and whale sightings, and it is definitely a NatGeo kind of thing.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com