2018 07-29 SB Channel
Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express ran two trips today. Totals for both trips included: 11 humpback whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins…all closely watched. Iit was foggy this morning, but things improved on the afternoon adventure. All the action was north of the Lanes and near the west end of Santa Cruz Island.
There were a few scattered pods of dolphins on the way out, and a lot more on the hot spot. Whales and dolphins appear to be feeding mostly sub-surface on northern anchovy schools, but in one morning event a whale took a quick surface sideways lunge.
The whales were moving around the zone quite a bit and following the lead of the dolphins. On the afternoon trip a single whale breached four times and also did some chin-slapping. Later a pair of whales was observed and the smaller member of the two did some nice tail throws. Not to jinx things, but it looks like the humpback whales are back in town and there are plenty, at least for now, of anchovies to feed them.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com