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Seven Gray Whales and an Island Tour

2016 01-16 SB Channel

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express took a southwesterly course out of Santa Barbara Harbor on very calm seas today.   Winds were light to non-existent, a great improvement over yesterday. And it is supposed to be even calmer tomorrow. About 4 miles out of the harbor there were two different species sighted:   first, a Minke whale was observed, and a short time later about 75 long-beaked common dolphins played with the boat.

Near the west end of Santa Cruz Island we found a total of 7 different gray whales with more spouts in the distance. These whales were all heading east on their way southbound to Mexico, and were watched in the following sequence:   a single gray whale that was very shy (short surface times), a group of 4 gray whales close to the face of the Island, and finally, a pair of gray whales.

Our excursion today also featured a tour of the western sea cliffs and the world-famous Painted Cave. We hope to see you on board tomorrow.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

PS   Yesterdays megapod gray whale photos are now online at: https://www.condorexpressphotos.com/2016/2016-01-15-SB-Channel/

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