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Seven gray whales including some breaching

2022 03-15 SB Channel

Seven gray whales and 75 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today as the Condor Express left the docks twice, at 12noon and 3pm. Seas were a bit bumpy all day from a storm swell coming from the north. The wind was light and variable until mid-way through the afternoon excursion. Nonetheless, great looks were had by all.

Taking advantage of the absence of wind, we ran west on the noon trip, up the coast towards Campus Point, then turned south. Almost as soon as we changed course, we found a small but friendly pod of dolphins and watched it as they surfed the swells and our wake. Soon thereafter, a gray whale was spotted breaching 4 or 5 times, not far from the dolphins. We found a trio of gray whales and, again it was a great encounter.

We moved offshore a bit then headed west to start the afternoon whale watch cruise. About 2 miles off Hope Ranch, we found an adult whale traveling west with a large juvenile. After a nice sighting, the wind was picking up and Captain Dave started heading down swell towards the harbor. As we motored, two whales surfaced behind us and we had a quick glance.

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

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