The North Side is Still HOT


Large adult female humpback whale with a deep propeller scar and some associated bulbous masses. We’ve been seeing this female for over a year. Bob Perry www.CondorExpressPhotos.com


The North Side is Still HOT

The pattern has not changed for a while now with abundant anchovy schools between mid-Channel and the coast.  Seabirds and common #dolphins signal hot spots, and many of these hot spots attract #humpbackwhales.   Sunny skies with a moderate breeze and good sea conditions resulted in a whopping 14 closely watched humpbacks today, with many more spouts all around.   Dolphins and anchovy-based hot spots were everywhere with at least 3,000 animals as a very rough estimate, probably more could be counted from a helicopter or something.  The whales each took turns diving for subsurface fish schools, breathing and fluking up, and occasionally passing near the Condor Express.  The mother with the deep propeller scar (see photo above) and her light grey calf without a dorsal fin, were on the scene again today.  We’ve been seeing this female for over a year and was last photographed in July, 2013 without a calf.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express

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