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Sea conditions were good as were the sightings

Captain Eric ran one trip today, but it was a beauty. Totals for the trip included: 5 gray whales, one humpback whale, and at least 1,200 long- beak common dolphins. Sea conditions were good as were the sightings!

This trip started off with deckhand Steve locating 2 juvenile gray whales that ultimately came to the boat AND had very short down times. Needless to say, it was a special encounter. Eric then took the Condor Express out to the 50 fathom curve and begin a search for humpbacks and dolphins. Up off UCSB, a 1-mile long herd of dolphins were encountered. They came to the boat, played with the boat, followed the boat and had a great morning of surfing our wake.

A little further inside, towards the beach, three gray whales were located. These were large adult animals and they were busy rolling around, turning upside down, exposing their tails and pectoral fins, along with some spy-hopping. Call it mating, call it socializing, call it joie de vivre, but wow what a show it was!

On the way back to the harbor one humpback whale was spotted at a distance and there were many gray whales all around but we did not have time to stop on them.

You never know what mother nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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