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Three gray whales and dolphins too

2015 12-26 SB Channel

After a week or so of storms that hit northern and central California which sent high winds and rough seas into the Santa Barbara Channel, things calmed down a bit today. Captain Eric took command of the Condor Express and had a great day of whale and dolphin watching.   Actual weather and sea conditions were reported as follows:   a nice sunny day with a light breeze and a long rolling swell that did not “hump up” or bother the whale watching.

The first sighting of the day was short:   two inshore bottlenose dolphins were spotted just outside the harbor entrance buoy, and the dove and evaded further observations. Out about 6 miles, near the 50-fathom curve, scattered long-beaked common dolphins were found and population estimates were around 120 in total.

A bit further south, on a route towards the western end of Santa Cruz Island, the first of 3 gray whale were found heading east in the Lanes.   A second gray was observed closer to the Island, and the third one was found on the way home from a nice tour of Santa Cruz.

Conditions are predicted to be similar if not better for the days ahead. We hope to see you on board.

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

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