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The Summer Humpback Whales are Here !

2015 06-21 SB Channel

Captain Dave ran into the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel and found a “mother lode” of at least 20 giant humpback whales and several thousand long-beaked common dolphins spread over the zone between Platforms Charlie and Habitat. It was a nice day, the sun was out and the breezes were light to medium. A moderate chop from winds in the western gently rocked and rolled us.

Among the details of interest we found 2 mother-calf humpback pairs. One of the pairs was noticeably barnacle-encrusted and very active. The calf breached, there was some pectoral fin slapping, and the pair made several close approaches to the boat and their fan club.

The humpback whale population in the Channel has been off the charts all week and there is no immediate end in sight. We all know and love these beasts due to their unpredictable nature, which means two things: first, if you have not made your reservation to get out her for high quality summer whale watching, now is the time, and, secondly…

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

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