2017 08-26 SB Channel
It was a foggy day in the Santa Barbara Channel for the Condor Express today. This fog also brought calm and flat sea conditions. Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 8* blue whales, 200 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 50 long-beaked common dolphins. Spoiler alert: the friendly little blue whale calf named “Wave” came by again today!
Fog or no fog, Dave headed right for the giant blue whales which have been feeding in The Lanes towards the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island. The first cetaceans sighted were common dolphins, and they located the Condor Express then took a break from feeding to ride our waves and look up at their fans on the boat. We consider ourselves very fortunate as hardly a day goes by without a visit from these small, energetic cetaceans.
Soon big tall spouts were seen through the fog. Spouts, which normally look white against a clear, blue and sunny sky, take on a darker color in the fog. We closely watched 8 giant blue whales, but the crew estimates that there were at least 10* in the immediate area. As you already know, the medium-sized mother blue whale and her extremely friendly calf (named “Wave”) found the Condor Express again. As earlier reports indicated, the calf mugs the boat, passes under its hulls very closely, often rolls around alongside the boat, and generally keeps an eye on its peeps.
Later, a 1-mile long pod of large offshore bottlenose dolphins came by. These dolphins are known for doing a lot of aerial acrobatics and it is always a big thrill to encounter them.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express