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The story of the wind and the whales

Image: A humpback throws its tail on a very windy day

2023 10-21 SB Channel

Winds were relatively benign within a couple of miles of the coast, and then there was a well-defined wind line beyond which things “got nautical.” Sightings for the day included: 6+ humpback whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins.

We worked two spots today. The first was on the semi-calm side of the wind line. The second was out in the teeth of the wind and seas. A single humpback and a few common dolphins were watched at the first stop. The second included close looks at 5 whales (with many more spouts in the nearby area), plus a couple thousand dolphins.

Lots of nice tail flukes were seen and greatly enhanced by the swell and wind. (See today’s photo as an example). We also watched a few chin-slaps and a full breach that no one expected at a little distance from the Condor Express.

On the way home we watched a full stampede of dolphins.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store,

Bob Perry Condor Express, and

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