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Nice looks at common dolphins and gray whales

2022 03-21 SB Channel

Sea conditions were challenging for both the 9 am and 12 noon trips. Captain Devin and his crew displayed master seamanship in keeping the ride as smooth as possible and the sightings good. We closely watched 4 gray whales, 1100 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).

Seas were a bit “confused” for the morning run, with a moderate swell from the west running against moderate Santa Ana east winds. The crew quickly found dolphins not too far offshore. They were in scattered groups and fun to watch. A large ocean sunfish (Mola mola) was up on the surface for 5 – 6 minutes and also a great sighting.

At noon the wind and seas were both westerly and both moderate. Not far offshore from the harbor crew person Adam spotted spouts which, on the scene, turned out to be a group of 4 whales. They were regular and predictable on their migratory route and we followed behind them, getting good looks, all the way to More Mesa.

On the way back to the harbor we found and watched more scattered dolphin groups.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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