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Scads More Humpbacks, a Minke and loads of Dolphins

2015 08-08 SB Channel

Although there was a marine layer until about 11am, the ocean surface was glass smooth for one of the most calm whale watch days we’ve had in a week or more. Captain Dave reports a total of 16 humpback whales, perhaps more.   The Condor Express also played around with 3,500 long-beaked common dolphins which seemed to be everywhere there were whales (and therefore, food). At one point a large Minke whale came by the boat very closely and the whale fans on board could see the white chevron strips on this species pectoral fins.

The whales were in groups ranging from 2 to 10 animals, and all were moving along quickly to the west with short down times and very fast (5 knots plus) speeds. Lots of tail flukes were shown.

Around mid-excursion Dave took everyone on a nice tour of Santa Cruz Island and the world famous Painted Cave, before finding even more groups of #whales and #dolphins on the way back home.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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