2022 07-06 SB Channel
It was a STUNNING excursion which ran up the coast (to the west) into the Gaviota area, and offshore between Platforms Hondo and Harmony. This is perhaps the most undisturbed coastline in southern California. In addition to the views to the north of the stunning shoreline and Santa Ynez range, looking south we also enjoyed unfettered views of San Miguel and Santa Rosa islands. Wildlife was good as well: 4000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale and 300 California sea lions were closely watched. The crew also retrieved one floating, deflated Mylar balloon from the ocean surface.
Captain Dave and the crew encountered dozens and dozens of actively dolphin pods all the way up the coast. We have been blessed with enormous dolphin herds for the past 2 or 3 weeks. Mixed in the feeding hot spots were large numbers of hungry pelagic sea birds and California sea lions.
On the outermost (or southern-most) edge of our journey today (see map showing our track above), near the Lanes, one of the larger dolphin hot spots also had a larger dining participant: a sub-adult, medium-sized humpback whale. We had great looks at this white-pecs animal, enhanced by the water clarity and gorgeous sunny skies.
You never know what Mother Nature has in store. Bob Perry Condor Express, and www.CondorExpressPhotos.com