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Seven different marine animal species today.

2022 02-13 SB Channel

We found clear blue skies, clear blue water, warm sunshine and calm seas again today. Sightings were phenomenal with 7 different species of marine animals watched closely today, including: 3 blue sharks, 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 24 Dall’s porpoise, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 Minke whales, 3 gray whales and 2 humpbacks.

A nice -sized pod of coastal bottlenose dolphins greeted us as we left the harbor. They were quite friendly and milled around the boat for a while and gave us some quality time. A few minutes, and about a mile, later we encountered 3 adult gray whales heading northbound towards their feeding grounds in Alaska.

After a few more miles on our southerly heading we found two individual Minke whales about ¼ mile apart. Both were up and visible for a few quick breaths, then disappeared.

Four miles offshore we found a shy blue shark which sounded after a few quick looks. A fast-moving herd of Dall’s porpoises moved past us, and then we found a second blue shark, which was also a quick look. Finishing off the sightings at this location we were intercepted by common dolphins, which we followed and interacted with, then found our 3rd blue shark. This last shark was exceedingly friendly, mugged the boat and everyone took selfies.

Continuing south we found a larger assemblage of common dolphins and then rounded off the wildlife list with good looks at two adult humpback whales. Wonderful tail flukes were shown on every dive.

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

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