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Whales and dolphins enjoy the fresh breeze.

Image: a humpback busts through the on-coming seas.

2023 06-02 SB Channel

Dave and the crew battled moderate wind and seas today. Skies over the ocean were blue (overcast on land), but things were a bit bumpy. Sightings were good: 5 humpback whales, 4000 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).

We were 6 miles off Platform Holly when we discovered a 2-mile-wide area full of dolphins. They were spread out and surfing the open ocean swells. Soon, 2 singles joined us. All the whales were moving around a bit and had long dive times. The effects of the swells are reduced below the surface. It is always great to see these beasts “in their natural element.”

Later, off Goleta, we watched a huge ocean sunfish (Mola mola) feeding on purple sailor jellies. On the way home we ran into another small area full of dolphins.

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

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