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Sightings – Condor Express – Sunday, July 1st

Friends and Colleagues,

Here are the species we watched closely today:

1 giant Blue Whale

2,500 long-beaked Common Dolphins 

4 Humpback Whales

Bird activity in Santa Barbara Harbor:

1 Osprey

1 Peregrine Falcon

Before the Condor Express left the dock, a lot of noise and comotion was heard coming from the nearby sailboat masts.  An Osprey (sometimes called a “sea hawk”) was perched on a mast, and a smaller raptor, a Peregrine Falcon did not like the intrusion one bit.  The Falcon juped from mast to mast and made a lot of noise trying to chase off the larger bird.  Wow.  Now, on to the Santa Barbara Channel and southern California whale watching today…  it was another day with moderate high seas and a fresh breeze blowing out near the whale feeding grounds.  There was no krill on the surface, as we saw yesterday, but both Humpbacks and a giant Blue Whale were on the spot to entertain our passengers and crew.  Great looks were had as the behemoths pushed through the big swells with the wind whipping spray and spouts high into the air.  It was the kind of bright sunny day that makes your skin tingle.

Call 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088 to book your trip.

In addition to the expert crew on the Condor Express with over 35 years of experience, Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer naturalists, representatives from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park, are usually on board and available to answer your questions during the trip.

Best fishes, have a WHALE of a day and OCEANS of fun!

Bob Perry

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