Cow-calf gray whales

2016 04-28 SB Coast The Condor Express ran one excursion along the beautiful Santa Barbara coast today in search of wildlife in general and gray whale cow-calf pairs in particular.  Four gray whales were located; it was two cow-calf pairs.  It was a bright and sunny day with a moderate chop from strong northwesterly winds in the far end of …

Sea lions sink a boat in the East Beach anchorage

Sea lions sink a boat

  2016 04-27 SB Coast Captain Dave ran two excursions along the Santa Barbara coast today.  Conditions were a bit bumpy at first from strong winds to the far west Channel, but laid down for a while at the end of the morning trip and first part of the afternoon.  We had good sightings of whales and dolphins.  We also …

Mother and calf gray whales today

Mother and Calf Parade

  2016 04-26 SB Coast Oh, my.  Sometimes the marine weatherperson gets it wrong.  Today was supposed to start out breezy then morph into full gale conditions.  Luckily for everyone on the Condor Express today, it started out with a slight breeze and soon went to almost perfect glass calm.  All this and plenty of gray whale mothers and calves …

The peak of the mother-calf gray whale migration

2016 04-24 SB Coast Peak of the mother-calf gray whale migration. Captain Eric took command of three excursions today and had great cetacean findings on all of them.  The day started off with a mild breeze and a bit of chop from the west, and ended with a much stronger wind on top of the bump.  Hearty whale watchers were …

A bit of breaching today.

2016 04-21 SB Channel Captain Eric ran two trips today with wonderful sea and weather conditions.  Here are the details: 12 noon The Condor Express hugged the kelp and ran west.   Soon two gray whales, a mother and her calf, were found in the kelp.  The calf was rolling around and generally having “fun.”  Next, Eric took the Condor offshore …

Calf Show Continues

2016 04-20 SB Coast Gray Whale Calf Show Continues Again we had summer weather with calm seas and bright sunny skies. Captain Dave ran two trips with these pristine conditions and had a boat load of marine mammal sightings. Here is how things shook down today: 9 am Dave ran the kelp line west from the Harbor to Hendry’s and …

The Calves are Coming

2016 04-19 SB Channel The calves are coming ! Dave ran two excursions.  Sea and weather conditions were good.  Here are the facts that will make you wish you were on board the Condor Express toeday. 12 noon After a short and sweet encounter with the first of 4 mother gray whales and there calves along the coast, Dave took …

Summer in April

2016 04-18 SB Channel Summer in April! Captain Dave steered the Condor Express on a single, 12 noon, excursion today. We encountered mill pond glassy flat seas and un-seasonably warm air temperatures. Out of the harbor Dave ran a few miles south to find a large herd on long-beaked common dolphins, perhaps 1,200 animals, stretched out over a couple of …

Humpbackland

2016 04-16 SB Channel Great sea conditions and warm, sunny skies greeted the Condor Express on all three excursions today.  We spent a lot of quality time in humpbackland.  Here are the details: 9 am Right out in front of the Harbor we encountered 2 gray whales, a cow-calf pair.  They were a bit on the shy side and did …

Bottlenose dolphin.

bottlnose

  2016 04-14 SB Coast It was a single morning trip with clear, sunny skies and a very fresh breeze to clear your nostrils and sinus passages while enjoying a coastal cruise along the kelp beds between Santa Barbara Harbor and Campus Point.  The target of our 9 am trip was gray whale mothers and their calves which are starting …