Wind, Waves and Wild Humpback Action

2015 10-18 SB Channel

Captain Eric and his loyal crew found the Santa Barbara Channel a wee-tad bumpy and as the day progressed a moderate breeze came up to add to the fun. Whereas the boat was slightly rocky, the sea conditions seemed to get the humpback whales riled-up.   Eric reports closely watching 10 humpback whales, 3 Minke whales, and at least 300 long-beaked common dolphins…with a lot more whale spouts all around in the wind.

As usual, the raw numbers do not tell the complete story. So when I said “riled-up,” I meant that it is often that winds and seas coincide with fantastic humpback whale activities and today was one of those days. The whales were breaching, and breaching in sequence; four whales breached one after the other several times as if they were choreographed.  Pectoral fins, tail flukes and chins were slapped against the water many times.   Whales were rolling around in the swells and seas.   Many made close and friendly approaches to the Condor Express.

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

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