2015 08-22 SB Channel
Captain Dave headed out to the southwest this morning to a region where we had some nice humpback whale sightings yesterday. Conditions were superb and the sun came out early. Another good thing: our Santa Barbara cobalt blue, clear water is back and the mammal sightings down below the surface are spectacular again.
Up to the west our first of 6 humpback whales was sighted. As reported yesterday, this whale, too, had long down times and was on the move. Before Dave changed course and ran back to the eastern regions, several large pods of long-beaked common dolphins were watched in that SB cobalt water. During one of the #dolphin encounters, a very large and cooperative ocean sunfish (Mola mola) drifted alongside the boat and remained on the surface for all to see. This same area produced a nice Minke whale too.
Down east we found single humpback whales and lots more dolphins. One whale swam around and under the Condor Express several times…again in clear view due to the extreme water clarity. By the end of the trip at least 1,300 dolphins were counted. What a day!
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express
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