(Above: a “stampede” of common dolphins)
2022 11-25 SB Channel
Captain Dave reported calm seas, no wind, and sunny skies all day. Sightings were good: 2 humpback whales, 3500 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 California sea lions. The trip took us across the Channel to beautiful Santa Cruz Island.
Six miles south of the harbor we slowed to watch a huge mega pod of dolphins that stretched out over a mile. It was a wonderful sight with dolphins riding our bow, side, and stern waves on a glassy ocean surface.
Just north of The Lanes we watched a juvenile humpback whale. It moved around a lot during its down cycle, but, by chance, popped up near the Condor Express on a few occasions.
Dave gave a short tour of the western sea cliffs of Santa Cruz Island including the world-famous Painted Cave. He was able to maneuver the boat into the mouth of the first chamber of what is likely the longest sea cave in the world. Near the Cave we slowed to enjoy a mob of California sea lions.
On the way home we had another, smaller, mega pod of dolphins. These were high-speed charging animals…often called a “stampede.” Breathtaking to see.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
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