2015 10-10 SB Channel
Captain Dave took full advantage of the great weather (it was hot) and sea conditions (flat calm) to move across the entire Santa Barbara Channel today. On his way out, a group of 5 humpback whales were located and closely watched in very clear cobalt water. Among the whales was Scarlet, our old pal. Many hundred long-beaked common dolphins were also in the area.
After a nice visit with this first batch of whales and dolphins, the Condor Express continued across the Channel for a nice visit to the west end of Santa Cruz Island and the famous Painted Cave. This great El Niño water clarity meant you could see every detail on the ocean floor inside the mouth of the Cave.
On the way home we found some of the same whales which had joined forces to make a total of 7 humpback whales for the day. Scarlet was there again, and so was Speckles. Speckles approached the boat, dove under it, and came up on the other side so everyone could see this little whale with all its spots no matter what side you were on. More dolphins were also present, and the total for the day was estimated to be around 1,800.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express