Humpback Whalses 3
Common Dolphin 2000
Sea Lions A few (often following the
Brown Pelican Several (scattered)
Cormorant Few (here and there)
Pigeon Guillemot 5 (in Painted Cave)
Sooty Shearwater Hundreds
With the heavy over cast in the morning the seas were nicely calm out of the
Of course, our first encounter of Cetacea, were our usual greeters the Common
Dolphin. It was a large pod of about a thousand all around the Condor. We took
this in for a good bit as they were all over and carrying on nicely.
Soon we came on a lone Humpback Whale, our old friend Scarlet. She was cruising
slowly, not really feeding, so we did some good time with her. Captain Dave
gave a good narrative on her, her scar and the fact that she has had calves up
here in years past. None this year. Folks got good looks of her and her scars,
especially when she made a very close in pass on the Condor. Then she gave us
nice flukes on several dives. The folks were delighted.
All around her was another pod of Common Dolphin, about 500 in this group. Nice
show of both species together.
Moving deeper into the Channel we searched for more Whales. None were to be
had. Plenty of Sooty Shearwaters were there feeding, and scattering as the
Condor approached with their little feet going a thousand miles an hour on
their long take off. Quite a sight to see.
Nearing Santa Cruse Island, we cruised the north side, again with Captain Dave
giving his fine narration of the island. Into Painted Cave, the folks were
treated to the beautiful colors and formatrion of the cave. Here we sighted a
few Pigeon Guillemots flying about.
Heading for home port yet with plenty of time, folks all settled in for the
Channel crossing. About half way back, and near the shipping lanes, we came on
another Humpback Whale. This one seeming to be feeding, but not that
aggressively. It too was generous with its tail fluke for the folks. Yet a big
very full container ship was slowly coming down on our location, Captain Dave
communicated with the Captain of the container ship, informing it that a whale
was near by, and the big ship veered off around the area to avoid hitting the
whale. This is something the Sanctuary and the WW boat companies have been
working on with the big cargo companies and it worked very well with this
encounter. Very cool indeed.
Moving on, as time was closing in, we came on one more Humpback Whale, this one
with a goodly amount of common dolphins all about. Taking this one in, for a
fair bit, and we had to head on home, now running a bit late.
A nice day of it, to be sure.
Folks form Norway, Denmark, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Colorado, St Louis, and
one group of three, came in all the way from Santa Barbara CA.
Captain Dave with Captain Colton, and Crew member Austin in the Galley, kept
the folks happy with great sightings and narration of the whales and the
Linda Bentsen and I were the Naturalist, a fun day had by all.