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Tagged whales

2016 07-17 SB Channel

A thin stratus layer kept things warm while flat calm seas made the day very enjoyable.  Totals for the day included 3 blue whales (2 were tagged whales), 4 humpback whales (more in the distance), and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Here is how Captain Eric lined things up for another epic whale watch today:

Ten miles out of Santa Barbara on a southwesterly course a single humpback whale (heading west)  with an entourage of many hundred dolphins came over to the Condor Express for a meet-and-greet.  Excellent looks were had before we got back on course.

Further to the west three additional humpback whales were also moving west with lots and lots of dolphins.  Again, great whale watching was possible on the calm seas.  Next, south of The Lanes, Eric and his crew found many giant blue whales and settled-in to watch 3 of them.  One tail-fluked on every dive, and two of them were tagged whales with suction-cup tags on them from researcher John Calambokidis and his team. (See yesterday’s report)

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

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