Long-beaked common dolphins in clear, blue water.

Whale and dolphin sightings were monumental with great sea conditions.

2017 03-25 SB Coast Captain Dave and his renowned whale-spotting team ran a pair of “excellent adventures” along the western Santa Barbara shores today.  The ocean stayed glass flat for both trips and the sunny skies afforded spectacular views of the coastline and cetaceans alike.  Whale and dolphin sightings were monumental.  At least 800 or so long-beaked common dolphins and …

Pacific white-sided dolphin.

Cetacean sightings were fantastic.

2017 03-24 SB Coast The Condor Express ran two trips today with very nice sea conditions and good weather.  10 gray whales, 100 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 Pacific white-sided dolphins and a lot of California sea lions were observed in total.  Cetacean sightings were fantastic. 9am Right away our first 2 gray whales were spotted just off Leadbetter Beach.  They …

Gray whales mating

A surface lunge feeding humpback whale and more !

2017 03-20 SB Coast Once again the wildlife conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel were superb.  Captain Eric took command of two excursions, one left at 9am and the second departed at noon.  The totals for both trips included: 11 gray whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales (one was a surface lunge feeding humpback). 9 am Just …

We hit the jackpot

2017 03-18 SB Channel Hooray!  The fog monster that hit us a few times lately was not a problem today…conditions were excellent.  Captain Dave took the Condor Express along the coast of Santa Barbara and we hit the jackpot with whales and some different dolphin species. Among the 14 gray whales sighted today, two groups were very active and several …

Gray whale tail flukes

Seven gray whale sightings

2017 03-17 SB Coast Our Irish captain named Dave ran an epic adventure on St. Paddy’s Day along the Santa Barbara Coast.  By the time he steered the O’Condor Express home, the crew had wracked-up an impressive seven gray whale sightings on a day when the fog was problematic at times. The first whale was a small one and popped …

Another breaching GRAY !

Spring whale watching at its best

2017 03-16 SB Coast The early morning low stratus burned-off and the entire excursion today, which departed at 12 noon, had sunny skies and calm seas.  By the way, we are experiencing spring whale watching at its best right now.   Totals for this trip included:  800+ long-beaked common dolphins, 7 gray whales and 2 humpback whales. Soon after clearing Santa …

humpback whale breaching

Six gray whales, one breaching humpback whale and more.

2017 03-15 SB Coast The Condor Express left the SEA Landing docks at high noon and set forth on a very productive excursion along the Santa Barbara Coast.  All-in-all six gray whales, one breaching humpback whale and at least 250 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched on this trip. Things began to heat up right away as a single shy …

Humpback whale in the fog

Dense Fog, Dolphins and a Humpback Whale

2017 03-13 SB Channel Captain Eric ran into a dense fog bank along the coast, similar to yesterday. One thing about foggy days though is that the sea surface is typically very smooth, as it was so today.  The trip was a noon departure, and, as you might expect, finding wildlife in poor visibility is quite a challenge.  About 1 …

Gray whales in super clear water.

Fourteen gray whales and more

2017 03-11 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew observed a total of fourteen gray whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins and finished it off with 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins.  It was a sunny and warm day.  The day started with a small bump on the ocean surface which decreased through the day.  Sections of the coastal zone featured very clear, …