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Spots of fog do not deter great sightings

2018 03-09 SB Coast – Patchy fog was present along the coast for the start of the trip today, but as we went westward to find cetaceans the fog got quite dense.  Despite these conditions Captain Dave and his crew located 3 gray whales, 4 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 400 long-beaked common dolphins.

The first encounter was with bottlenose dolphins that located the Condor Express near the kelp beds off Hendry’s Beach.  We followed them west to the Lighthouse.

Off the Lighthouse a pair of gray whales was intercepted en route to Alaskan waters, and was followed up to UCSB where the dense fog surrounded us.  Good looks were had.  The fog followed us on the route back to the harbor but the crew found a third whale off the Lighthouse by listening for its blow.  Wow.  Once located, it was a good sighting for sure.

Finally, near the harbor entrance, a moderately large pod of common dolphins found the Condor Express and interacted with us for a very fun period of time.

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

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