Seven giants and hundreds of dolphins.
2018 06-08 SB Channel
Captain Dave reports yet another day full of the most giant whales on Earth and dolphins too. Skies were clear and sunny. Seas were calm and flat. The final tally included: 5+ blue whales, 2+ fin whales, and 450 long-beaked common dolphins. The numbers given represent closely watched animals, and the (+) plus sign means more were in the area but not watched closely due to time restraints.
About 8 miles out of Santa Barbara Harbor a pod of 50 or so dolphins located the Condor Express and interacted with us. Dolphins rode our bow, side and stern waves and frequently rolled on their sides to do a little human watching.
In the same general area as reported yesterday (north of the eastern edge of Chinese Harbor), the whale feeding hot spot was still active today. Among the five giant blue whales closely watched, two repeatedly fluked-up. More blues were seen in the vicinity. The two fin whales we watched consisted of one fully-grown adult and a smaller sub-adult. The larger fin was quite friendly and made a few close passes which thrilled everyone.
While we were watching the giants, a larger herd of dolphins migrated through the zone and provided ample good looks of this friendly species.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com