2022 04-15 SB Coast
We ran all 3 trips today, 9a, 12n and 3p. A light wind died off soon during the morning trip and did not reappear until late in the afternoon. A small bump from the northwest ran all day. The really good oceanographic news is that the water clarity was great and greatly enhanced our sightings. Today we closely watched 11 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 Minke whales and 200 California sea lions.
It’s the start of the “final phase” of the annual gray whale migration. Out of the 11 whales we watched today, 5 calves were observed, including 4 on the 9a trip and another at 3p. There was lots of snorkeling going on during this phase of the migration, but in the morning one mother-calf pair stopped at Campus Point for some rolling around, spy-hopping, and, at one point, the calf rode on its mother’s back. A single lone juvenile and, in the afternoon, a pair of adult gray whales rounded out the count.
A mega pod of common dolphins located the Condor Express about 1 mile off Hendry’s Beach in the morning. We followed for a while and had great looks. Multiple mobs of 20 or so sea lions were in the mix. On the noon excursion, a few hundred more dolphins and sea lions were observed.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry Condor Express, and