Aye matey’s, raise th' anchor, clean th' decks, we’re goin' whalin'!
Oh well, whale sightseein' then.
A short sail from Santa Maria t' Santa Barbara brought us t' th' Condor Express, a twin engine hydro propelled catamaran operated entirely fer th' whale watchin' business. It a 75 foot long vessel equipped fer th' scientific and touristic spottin' o' all kinds o' whales visitin' th' channel betwixt th' California Channel Islands and th' mainland.
Usually, th' boat sees Humpback whales, th' occasional Blue whale, Sperm whales, Killer whales, Grey whales, all kinds o' dolphins, California sea lions, and regular seals. And a lot o' birds as well; o' which Pelican are th' most interestin' fer us.
We set out t' sail th' Channel aroun' 10, and with a warnin' from Tue Cap'n that we were likely not goin' towards th' Islands, th' chances o' runnin' into a Blue whale were really slim. We were far more likely t' see Humpback whales, so we’d have t' settle fer those.
So we did. And t' not only our, but also th' captains amazement we ran almost immediately into a mother calf pair o' Blue whales, with th' calf showin' an remarkable amount o' interest in th' boat. Remember, th' boat is 75 foot long, th' baby Blue whale about 35 and mom about 80 feet, and a bucket o' chum. That is huge!
BTW: when th' Cap'n and his crew get really excited about what ye are seein', ye know ye are part o' somethin' special.
We saw th' calf playin' with th' boat, by swimmin' underneath it and tryin' t' get it t' play by swimmin' upside down alongside it! It were bein' great!
We did not see any Humpback whales though, so that were bein' unfortunate, but all in all th' sightin' o' th' majestic Blue whale and even a calf were bein' just awesome! Fire the cannons! We’d do it again tomorrow if possible…