2014 10-05 SB Channel
It was gorgeous. Although we could see a fog bank way to the southeast shrouding West Anacapa Island, we saw nothing but blue today - water and skies included. The common dolphins were even more fun than usual to watch in the clear water and on a mirror class surface. We estimated at least 750 dolphins all together. There were also 2 humpback whales: the "white-on-both-sides-pectorals" calf, and its mother. Rather interesting behavior from these two as they dove down for a 10 - 12 minute bottom time, then came up and rested, in fact logged, both ON the surface and just BENEATH the surface. Great views were had by all. After playing with the humpback whales, Captain Eric ran us over to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island where we also found super clear water and a mirror glass surface. Lots of hikers atop the sea cliffs looked down on the kayakers. We never even thought about putting on a jacket or sweatshirt all day, that's how warm and nice it was out on the Santa Barbara Channel. Two reasonably nice Minke whales were also sighted today. The offshore winds blew at least 20 gassed out helium balloons into the ocean around our path, including (at a distance) a huge balloon arch from the auto mall. I photographed a few. Also read below about the hidden reef not marked on the nautical charts correctly.
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Clear water discovery: quite a ways off Santa Cruz Island I was looking over the side and saw this reef. At first I thought it looked like a humpback passing under the boat. The bottom in this area is charted at 78 feet deep. Obviously NOAA didn't find this little pinacle.