2019 07-15 SB Channel
There was a mixture of overcast skies and dense fog in the Channel today. Once again, the crew with their sharp fog-penetrating eyesight brought us marvelous looks at wildlife. Total sightings for the trip included 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 6 humpback whales. The water was clear and there was plenty of bait. Dolphins were actively feeding all day long, and we watched them roll upside-down and hunt through that beautiful crystal water. We started out near The Lanes where, in addition to common dolphins, the bottlenose found us. Of course, the bottlenose were marvelous to watch as they always come to the boat and perform aerial acrobatics. Whales were located from a point about 10 miles off platform Holly and along a straight line back towards the harbor. There was a single, a trio, and a pair. Early in the trip, a juvenile whale that we had just watched threw it’s tail and slapped it’s long pectoral flippers around. Some of the whales were friendly and, as with the dolphins, the looks were enhanced by the water clarity.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com