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Mother and calf humpback whale, loads of Minke whales and a big Mola mola.

2019 05-02 SB Channel

Sightings for the day included 4 Minke whales, 2 humpback whales, and one giant ocean sunfish (or Mola mola). By the way, the Channel was sunny and glassy during the entire trip which left the docks at noon at today. Fabulous! Those little gelatinous animals known as Velella velella were all over the region that we explored today in the Channel. It was no great surprise when, at the end of the day, we saw a big ocean sunfish looking to eat them.

The first major sighting was of a Minke whale, then second one was seen separately within minutes. As is typical, we saw the back and the fin a couple times and then they moved on. About a half an hour later our keen-eyed deckhand Colton, using the binoculars, got a bead on 2 humpback whales. It turned out to be a mother with a calf and they were moving side-by-side and heading east. The little calf didn’t dive as long and it moved from one side then the other of Mom. Both had white pectoral fins and looked great in the clear blue water. Near the end of the humpback whale sighting another Minke whale came by relatively close to the humpbacks. At this point we were about 4 miles southwest of Platform Habitat. We spent the rest of the trip enjoying that wonderful cow-calf pair.

On the way home, as previously mentioned, Colton spotted a giant ocean sunfish. It stayed on the surface and we got really good looks as it swam close to the boat. Closer to the harbor there was another Minke. You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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