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Wonderful looks were had by all.

2017 07-01 SB Channel

Although it was foggy in spots and overcast most of the day, the sea conditions were quite nice and we saw our share of cetaceans.  Today we closely watched: 4 blue whales, 4 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the whale feeding grounds.

Our first sightings took place about 5 miles south of Santa Barbara harbor when over 100 dolphins found the boat and surfed the waves all around us.  Soon 4 humpbacks that were feeding sub-surface came into the dolphin area and 3 of them came very close to the boat.  Dave had the boat in neutral at the time.

After the wonderful dolphin/humpback sightings we continued on our southerly track and located the giant blue whales.  The giants had moved a bit west of yesterday’s contact point, and we were at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Channel with 4 blue whales.  Wonderful looks were had by all at these marvelous creatures.

On the way home to Santa Barbara, we were running a little bit late but saw several more humpback whale spouts and several hundred additional dolphins.

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

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