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Over 3000 dolphins and two active humpback whales

2020 07-06 SB Channel

It was a pretty smooth day in the eastern Channel until the afternoon breeze arrived and then things got a little bumpy. Some spray carried into the air. Nonetheless Captain Colton and the crew closely watched 2 humpback whales and 3500 long-beaked common dolphins.

As you probably deduced from the numbers, there were loads of dolphins in groups of 100 or more all day. There was not too much feeding going on, but the dolphins were very friendly and fun to see.

The two humpback whales were located near The Lanes and off the eastern end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. The first whale was almost full grown and it was a great tail-fluker. At one point it came alongside and did a series of trumpet vocalization blows. In the distance, our osprey-eyed deckhand Devin spotted a smaller whale doing some aerial behaviors. Arriving at the scene the whale was indeed a very small one, perhaps born earlier this year. It went on a tail-throwing spree which was great for photographers and selfie-takers alike.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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