Image: A humpback and its fans.
2023 6-21 SB Channel
It was windy offshore with a light chop. Skies were clear and sunny everywhere we roamed. Captain Dave and the crew ran out to a hot spot north of The Buoy that covered several miles and all of the various forms of life (dolphins, sea birds and scattered sea lions) moved east together about 5 miles during our encounter. Closely watched: 8+ humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 175 California sea lions.
We had wonderful looks at the aforementioned animals. The whales were very businesslike and had long dive times. Two juvenile whales, on the other hand, mugged the Condor Express and made their fans exceptionally happy. In addition to those counted and closely watched, there were additional humpback spouts in the near distance.
The extreme water clarity continued today and gave everyone great glimpses of the massive northern anchovy schools that were all over the surface in this hot spot.
You never know what mother nature has in store.
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