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The Blue Whale Mom & Calf Show


Another very nice sunny day with light breezes on the Channel and here is what we watched closely today:

2 Blue Whales (many more spouts in the area; see notes below) Humpback Whale spouts in the area, but we were too busy to spend time getting lined up (see notes) 1 Minke Whale 800 Common Dolphins

After a morning with 75 middle school aged women doing marine biology stations up near Counters Point, the whale watch ran from 100pm to 530pm today.  And although we did see plenty of dolphins, and lots of other tall spouts in the area, the real show was the mother and calf blue whale.   These two had inordinately long surface times, spouting 10 times or more each time they were up.  Down times were consistent:  about 7 minutes.  But the fun part was this:  1- The adult (mother) fluked up on almost every deep dive, and 2- The juvenile stayed very close to mom, often swimming synchronously and tight to her side, which made for great photo ops.  Be sure to see the photos of these two on tomorrow.

We have had quite a few days with dense populations on the grounds.  Who knows what the future may bring.  Suggestion:  sign up now and get in on all the action while it lasts.  The Audubon Society has a deep water pelagic bird trip tomorrow (Saturday) and then Sunday we're back on teh regular whaling schedule.

Call 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088 to book your trip. Visit our NEW website: …or to view images from today and previous trips: 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 and have a WHALE of a day! Bob Perry Condor Express

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