We set out yesterday on an adventure. The plan was to head out, on my in-law’s boat, into the Santa Barbara channel in the hopes of seeing some of the whales that have been making their way through our area recently. According to reports from one of the local commercial whale watching fleets, there have been many, many whales spotted in the area in the past few weeks.
We have been lucky enough over the years to have a few very successful whale/marine mammal watching excursions. Dolphins are usually a sure bet, and sea lions are guaranteed. On one trip in 2008 we saw several different groups of humpback whales that each gave us a pretty impressive show*. Not long after, we were surrounded by a pod of several hundred dolphins. The water, as far as we could see, was practically alive with dolphins. It was incredible. But even if it’s not hundreds of dolphins, seeing a smaller pod is always fun and exciting.
Sadly, our trip yesterday was a bust in the whale watching department (although the professional whale watching boat saw 20 humpbacks!). Luckily, though, we were able to spend the morning with good friends, and even a whale and dolphin-less boat trip is still a fun event.
You can check out the photos from yesterday’s trip below, and if you weren’t able to make it out on the water this weekend, you can live vicariously through us!
*The humpback whale video is bound to make you seasick if you are prone to that sort of thing. Proceed with caution!