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Mirror glass and loads of action including a lunge-feeding humpback

Image: humpback surface sideways lunge feeding

 

2024 04-09 SB Channel 

 

Captain Dave called it a “bluebird” day. It was sunny and the ocean was flat, glass calm. We ran both a 9a and 12n trip and total sightings included” 2600 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 100 California sea lions.

 

Two nice pods of dolphins located the Condor Express about 2 miles off Hope Ranch and we had great looks. Moving further west, a single juvenile humpback was located 4 miles off Goleta. It had a regular dive cycle and was easy to watch.

 

Noon brought us near the Kelp Farm where a birdnado had attracted 1000 or so dolphins and a humpback whale.  The hungry whale did surface vertical and surface sideways lung feeding (see today’s photo for an example).  A couple of large sea lion mobs were here too. About ½ mile east brought another mega pod of dolphins on our way to do a nice tour of offshore oil platform Charlie.

 

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

 

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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