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Top Notch Breach

Our explorations into the northeastern Santa Barbara Channel today from the Marine Traffic AIS track.

Top Notch Breach

There was a moderate 10 – 12 knot breeze as we left Santa Barbara Harbor today en route to the northeastern corridor.  During the day the breeze freshened a bit and we had 18 -20 knots in the afternoon.  These breezes do wonderful things to humpback whale spouts, sending spray flying.  Not long after getting back into the hot zones we had last week, “Top Notch” showed up and soon got fully airborne and amazed its fan club on the Condor Express with a fabulous full body breach.   TN also made a few close and friendly approaches, and it was seen twice…once at the start of the trip and again later in the expedition.  There were many other spouts in the area and at least 1,000 common dolphins were observed as well.   One big ocean sunfish or Mola mola, was also watched.  It was a good summer day in the Santa Barbara Channel with nice cetaceans.

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

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