2019 06-24 SB Channel
It was another nice day in the Channel with great conditions and abundant cetaceans. Captain Dave and the crew ran southwest to an area about 4 miles north of Santa Rosa Island and then paralleled the island. (See ships track above, courtesy of MarineTraffic.com) 11 humpback whales and 1,800 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.
The whales and dolphins were concentrated in an area starting about 5 miles south of UCSB and extending to the mid-Channel buoy. The two species were mixed together, as we have seen for the past few weeks. We had great looks and spent quite a lot of time moving from whale to whale as the dolphins came along for the ride (literally).
Dave also explored the western Channel area a little bit in hopes of finding additional species of whales, perhaps some larger varieties, but, alas, none were found today. On the way home 2 additional whales (with dolphins) were observed.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com