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Whale and Dolphin Report – Thurs 12/23/10

Happy Holidays Whale Lovers!

Today the Condor Express, with Captain Fred at the helm, headed out between Santa Rosa Island and Santa Cruz Island to try our luck finding southbound migrating Gray Whales.  To put it succinctly, we hit the jackpot.  And here is what the Condor Expressly watched today:

6 Gray Whales (with even more spouts in the distance everywhere!) 1,000 Common Dolphins 1 mega-raft of young California Sea Lions (approximately 100 individuals)

And the “icing on the cake” today came in two forms:  (a) it was spectacularly clear and calm after the past 6 or 7 days of rain, AND (b) there were marvelous mini-waterfalls all over the north face of Santa Cruz Island, including the largest and most spectacular waterfall right at the entrance to the Painted Cave.  It felt like the Napali Coast.  Wow!

I'll post up the photos online tomorrow on the boat photo site:

Remember, the Condor Express is the ONLY full-time whale watching boat operating in the Santa Barbara Channel from Oxnard to Point Conception.  You never know what Mother Nature has in store for you in the way of fabulous sightings when you come on board.  We watch whales every day of the year (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).   Make your after-Christmas trip reservations now and join the Gray Whale migration and whatever else is happening out there.  Call

888-77WHALE  or 805-882-0088 to book your trip.   Visit our website:

Best fishes and have a WHALE of a day!

Bob Perry

Condor Express

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