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Stunning mirror glass conditions with almost endless dolphins; whales watched, too!

Image: A humpback whale breaches in the distance; Sta Cruz Isl in back.

2023 08-08 SB Channel

It was sunny with no wind, calm and glassy seas with good water clarity AGAIN today. Sightings included: 2 Humpback Whales and 4000 Long-Beaked Common Dolphins.

Our first pod of Common Dolphins was watched closely just south of The Kelp Farm. Captain Devin spent quality time with them due to the excellent water clarity and glassy sea surface with revealed all the sub-surface dolphin secrets. After this, the Condor Express moved further south.

Upon reaching The Lanes we were astonished to find almost endless pods of Common Dolphins, rough estimates of the population well into the multiple thousands. Our wonderful encounter with this species was continual until we finally left for the Harbor.

Near The Buoy our first humpback was located and watched. It was a large juvenile with rather frustrating dive habits. It had short surface times and then did a lot of submerged zig-zagging around to drive the crew crazy.

A breach in the distance (see today’s photo for an example) led to our final whale of the trip. It, too, was surface shy and did not warm up to the Condor Express today.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry

Condor Express, and

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