An iPhone photo of a blue whale calf taken by Captain Dave Beezer last year. Note that this calf is larger than the one Dave saw today.

The Summer of the Blues Continues

2018 07-13 SB Channel The “summer of the blues” continued today. Captain Dave and his crew traveled across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale congregation near Santa Cruz Island.  The crew reports seeing more than 20 big blue whales in the area, and watched 14 closely.  In addition, 600 long-beaked common dolphins were observed. There was not much …

Multiple blue whale spouts

Excellent conditions, excellent sightings

2018 07-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reported excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today with sunny skies and very flat, calm seas.  Mammal sightings were, once again, terrific.  8+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 humpback whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today. The first sightings were south of The Lanes off the coast of beautiful …

A whale spout in the Santa Barbara Channel with a thick fog bank approaching

How do they do it?

2018 07-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found calm seas today, but the sun and distant spouts were obscured by dense fog that was ground level at times.  Despite the fog, the sharp-eyed crew was able to locate and watch 1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins. How do they …

A tiny long-beaked common dolphin calf seen with its mother.

Blue whales, fin whales, offshore bottlenose and common dolphins

2018 07-09 SB Channel There is still a residual amount of heat in town as the tail end of a multi-day heat wave passes through.  Hot in town, but moderate and nice out in the Santa Barbara Channel where the following species were closely watched: 7+ blue whales, 2 fin whales, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. …

Humpback whale coming towards the camera

Four different species of cetaceans today.

2018 07-08 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was sunny with practically no wind on both sides all day.  Total sightings included 4 blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 30 Risso’s dolphins and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. That made four different species of cetaceans watched today. As Captain Tasha and her crew laid down a course for the western end of …

Risso's dolphin

2018 07-07 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express once again found it calm sailing halfway across the Santa Barbara Channel. At the mid, point the breeze kicked up and both the ocean surface and the whale spouts got dramatic. The warm sun shined all day. This made it quite warm near the harbor but cooler …

Pacific harbor seals are often seen in the harbor. I guess they don't call them "harbor" seals for nothing.

Five giant blue whales, a big fin whale and several hundred dolphins

2018 07-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express encountered sunny skies today.  It was breezy out in the southern part of the Santa Barbara Channel, but very nice and calm in the northern half.  The following closely watched cetaceans were reported:  5 blue whales, 1 fin whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. South of The …