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Six gray whales were seen today.

2017 04-26 SB Coast

The NOAA NWS forecast for the Channel was bleak.  Strong winds from a Pacific storm that was bringing rain to NorCal were scheduled to whip things up down our way.  Captain Dave kept an eye on the ocean and the marine weather broadcast, and ended up running a single, very productive excursion.  Six gray whales were seen today.

The whales consisted of three gray whale mothers with their calves.  Each pair was found in the kelp, very close to shore.  From More Mesa up to Goleta Cove the whales were moving ahead steadily against the moderately choppy surface.  The Cove, however, provides excellent protection from the wind and the whales responded by staying there for over and hour.  The water was clear, the calves were friendly and active.  There was lots of rolling around and some close encounters with the Condor Express.

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

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