Blue Whales at Santa Cruz

Captain and crew headed for Santa Cruz Island today with moderately choppy seas.  Sighting included 2 giant blue whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.

About 5 miles due south of Santa Barbara Harbor during the morning departure a herd of dolphins located the Condor Express.  They rode our stern, side and bow waves.  A bit of surface feeding was observed.  Captain then continued on her southerly course heading for the middle of Santa Cruz Island.

South of the southbound shipping lane, en route to Prisoner’s Harbor, a pair of giant blue whales was located.  Their very tall spouts could be seen at quite a far distance.  The giants were very cooperative and we were able to stay in their vicinity and get great looks even though things were a bit choppy.

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