2020 10-23 SB Channel
A high marine layer coupled with glassy water made for a slate gray backdrop for all the dolphin and whale action today. The land of the giants was located within The Lanes and adjacent to the western end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. Totals included 11+ humpback whales and 3500 long-beaked common dolphins.
We are so fortunate to have had and extraordinary number of dolphins throughout the Channel for the past few weeks. So it was, again, today with these lively animals being watched everywhere we went.
The humpback whales were contained within The Lanes…not an optimum location considering the number of large commercial vessels that transit this region on a daily basis. Our first sighting was a tight group of 5 large adult whales. One of them was missing half of its tail, and was extremely active as well. It chin-slapped a lot and then let loose with a massive, spinning breach. One could hear the collective gasp from all whale watchers on the boat at one time. We moved around the zone and had time to watch an additional 6 humpbacks. Many more spouts were seen all around.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com