2018 05-01 SB Coast
A single noon departure plied the coastal waters in search of wildlife under the threat of rain. Luckily, the rain held back until we came back to the harbor and by then we had closely watched 5 gray whales and 250 long-beaked common dolphins. The gray whale calves were, once again, one of the most entertaining parts of the excursion.
Captain Dave and his crew left the harbor and headed west, up the coast. Just west of Hendry’s beach, a quad pod of whales consisting of two mothers with their calves was located. We followed the four as they slowly meandered in and out of the coastal kelp beds as far as Isla Vista. At this point, Dave left the whales to their northbound migration and took the Condor Express about ½ mile offshore in search of other species. Soon a nice pod of dolphins, that were heading east, located the boat. They rode our bow, side and stern waves, putting on quite a nice show. After great looks, and as we neared the harbor again, a single juvenile whale was briefly observed.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express and CondorExpressPhotos.com