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Minke whales and long-beaks: a Special Day in the Santa Barbara Channel

Our inaugural trip after 3 weeks in the boatyard for annual maintenance and inspections was gorgeous in spots. I say “in spots” because there was dense fog here and there, and bright open sunlight in between. We ran to the east Channel and found areas of high activity: bait fish, birds, and of course, lots of long-beaked common dolphins. We searched these hot spots for large cetaceans and had an encounter with two spectacular minke whales. One of the minke whales was a full grown adult, estimated at 30 feet. Wow. All this was followed by a visit to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island and beautiful Scorpion Anchorage. It was a special day in the Santa Barbara Channel.

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