Sea lions, grays and humpbacks too.

2021 04-11 SB CHANNEL

Bumpy seas in the early morning slowly subsided…things were calm and nice thereafter. Skies were sunny and especially the afternoon was warm. Captain Colton and his crew ran a 9a, 12n and 3p trip. Totals for the day included: 100 California sea lions, 2 humpback whales and 7 gray whales.

A single shy gray whale was followed west to Hope Ranch at the start of the morning tour. Moving to the southeast (to keep residual wind waves astern) two separate humpback whales were spotted. One was close to the boat and gave great looks. The other was more distant.

At noon we found our first whales, a pair of grays, pretty far offshore where the water was exceptionally clear and blue. The pair traveled just beneath the surface, as many do this time of year, and actually spouted every 5 minutes or so. Luckily the clear water gave very good views of these two animals the whole time. On the way home an additional single gray was watched.

The afternoon took us west and a trio of gray whales located off UCSB. We watched them move further west and finally moved offshore near Sands Beach. On the way home, about 3 miles outside the harbor, we watched a mob of California sea lions.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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