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Humpback whale adventure on tap Saturday out of Santa Barbara

May 28, 2009 | 12:59 pm

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Alisa Schulman-Janiger says, "If you've seen Disney's movie 'Earth,' now come and see the actual humpback whales -- close up and personal."

The whale researcher issued the statement as part of an invitation for the public to participate in the American Cetacean Society's annual "Humpback Adventure" on Saturday aboard the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara's Sea Landing.

Humpback and blue whales are presently in the Santa Barbara Channel, along with many other species of marine mammals. Schulman-Janiger and other experts will be on board to identify mammals and seabirds. If the marine layer lifts, this should be a highly entertaining journey as humpbacks often literally rub against the boat, or come very close and mug for photos.

And the Condor Express is arguably the premier whale-watching vessel in Southern California.

The odyssey is one of only a few all-day whale-watching excursions held annually. The boat leaves at 8 a.m. and returns about 4 p.m. Cost is $93 for ACS members and $104 for nonmembers. Visit the website or call (310) 548-7821 for details. Hope you enjoy the show!

-- Pete Thomas 

Photo: Humpback whale and calf from Disney's "Earth."

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