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Two different species of dolphins and loads of gray whale calves

2018 04-30 SB Coast

Only 2 weeks left on our coastal gray whale season and things are still going strong!  Sightings for the day included:  30 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales.  Conditions were good.  It was partly sunny with just a slight bump on the water.

On the way west, the first 2 whales turned out to be a mother gray whale with her young calf.  We followed them up to Goleta Bay.  The calf was very active and fun to watch.  Soon a school of white-sided dolphins came over to the boat and the pair of whales.  The dolphins interacted with the whales, and in response, the little calf rolled around, lifted its head, and seemed to be enjoying this meet-and-greet session.  Later, closer to home, a second mother-calf gray whale pair was spotted.  This second pair was a bit shy and hard to follow.  On the way home, near the harbor, a large megapod of common dolphins located the Condor Express.

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

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