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a cauldron of dolphins

April 7, 2008

and 5 humpback whales too!

We went whale watching today in the Santa Barbara Channel out toward the Channel Islands, mostly Anacapa, with Island Packers. We spent much of the time hanging out in a cauldron of 2500-3000 dolphins–leaping, diving, bow riding, you name it, joyful, playful dolphins. We were also teased with exceptional views of 5 different humpbacks whales feeding among and near the dolphins. Flukes and fins waved and splashed back in the water as cameras snapped. The skipper said it was an exceptional day–fine, clear, calm weather and marine mammals galore!

We’re going to come back some day, asks my son, okay? We’ll leave and go hiking and climbing somewhere. That’s what I want to say, he says, referring to this post. Yes, I assure him, we will. We will travel across the Channel on a boat with our backpacks and gear in a month or so, when school get out. We likely see more humpbacks, and maybe a blue whale or two. Who knows what else?

And if we have any luck, we will defeat the new wordpress dashboard (which I HATE) and figure out how to load some images and maybe video too. (no we didn’t take the photo above–and I seem to have lost the link)

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