The giant blue whale summer program continues!

2020 09-16 Yolo ByPass

The giant blue whale summer program continues!

The dense, zero-visibility ground fog we encountered near the mainland coast lifted as we moved 5 or 6 miles offshore. By the time we reached the land of the giants near Santa Cruz Island, it was sunny with a little bump on the surface. Sightings for the day included 9+ giant blue whales, 3 Minke whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.

As the fog lifted we immediately spotted a trio of Minke whales that stayed (and fed sub-surface?) together for the duration of our sighting. At one point the threesome surfaced neat the bow of the Condor Express and everyone on board got those chills running down their spines.

Out in The Lanes, there were approximately 14 giant blue whales in the area. We had time to closely watch 9 of them. The giant blue whale summer program continues! The dive cycles were regular and easy to predict. Several nice tail flukes were also seen today. As we watched the giants, a small group of dolphins passed through the zone, too.


Captain Dave has announced a second 8-hour whale watch due to the success of last month’s adventure. Whales of many species, several kinds of dolphins, sharks Mola mola, pelagic birds, gelatinous animals…who knows what Mother Nature has in store? Mark your calendar for Saturday September 26. The trip departs promptly at 8am and returns sometime after 4pm. Sign up at: Hope to see you on board

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.

Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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