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Two species of dolphins and two species of whales.

2019 07-22 SB Channel

Totals for the trip include: 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 2 Minke whales, 14 humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Skies were overcast and seas were calm. Various behaviors are described below.

Bottlenose dolphins picked us up just outside the harbor and we ran along with them parallel to the beach for 30 min. They were unusually friendly and a couple of young calves were in the group. We moved south.

Four miles offshore we were surrounded by hundreds of dolphins arranged in several groups. Two Minke whales passed through the zone and everyone had decent looks. Two humpbacks were also in the mix. One adult breached for us in the distance, and a smaller juvenile was also here.

Further offshore an area rich with dolphins and whales was encountered. One whale breached close to the boat. Another did some surface lunge-feeding close by which was great to watch. Yet another was our friend Dos Equis which continued its “most interesting” and curious tail-sweeping, stationary, open-mouth feeding.

Dolphins were around everywhere we went, as has been reported several times this month.

On the way home two additional whales were seen.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and CondorExpressPhotos.com

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