The Fall whale season in the Santa Barbara Channel is regarded by many as the most spectacular humpback and Minke whale watching anywhere in California, or beyond for that matter. Today’s sightings were once again “off the charts” with both species of baleen whales gorging themselves before the humpbacks leave for tropical winter breeding and calving. Our pal “Rope” was surface lunge feeding again today (see photos of her yesterday on our photo web site), as were several others of the six total humpbacks watched today. The whale with the prominent prop scar and associated tumors was also on the scene again today…and every time we see it, the wounds look more and more healed up.
Great conditions with sunny skies, warm temperatures, very light winds and about a 2 foot swell made for ideal whale enjoyment today, and in addition to the 6 humpbacks, 2 Minke whales and 750 common dolphins were also observed.
Trip reminders: no public whale trips Mon, Tues or Wed. The next open public trip will be Thursday, October 17, 10am to 230pm per usual. If you have not witnessed the Fall whale season, now is the time !
Best regards Bob Perry Condor Express