2021 07-09 SB Channel
Two trips left the docks today, a 4½ hour whale watch from 8a to 1230p, and an educational charter from 1p to 3p. Both trips had glassy seas, but the morning was challenging due to dense fog. Nevertheless sightings were good: 4 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.
The single whale on the morning trip was encountered busy kelping on the surface. After some nice algae-rubs it transitioned to travel mode and maintained a regular dive pattern that was easy to follow and featured lots of great (albeit foggy) tail.
In the afternoon sunshine we saw a very active whale in the distance and were able to catch up with it. Later we were approached by a mother humpback with her calf and, you guessed it, it was our friend Scarlet. The two mugged the boat on both sides for all the students to see.
Dolphins were around in small groups (max 100) in the morning, but not near the coast where we ran the afternoon excursion.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com