A pair of blue whales.

Late summer blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel

2017 08-19 SB Channel In the late summer blue whales often migrate back to the Santa Barbara Channel from other feeding locations north and west of here. Perhaps that is what is happening now. Captain Dave and his crew covered the middle and eastern regions of the Channel with sunny skies and calm seas. The water is still clear and …

Blue whale.

humpback whales, blue whale, lots of dolphins

2017 08-18 SB Channel Captain Eric reported 8* humpback whales, 1* blue whale, and 1,600 long-beaked common dolphins today. Again conditions were ideal with sunny skies and Santa Barbara cobalt clear water. All of the action was in the vicinity of the mid-Channel buoy. The hot spot today, as reported yesterday, was fueled by massive schools of northern anchovies. Sea …

Red dot shows the location of the mid-Channel buoy around which all the wildlife was concentrated today.

Spectacular day with bright sun and crystal clear water

2017 08-17 SB Channel The middle Santa Barbara Channel region was teeming with humpback whales.  In one zone we closely watched 11, but there easily could have been 20 or more.  Two Minke whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins were also closely watched.  It was a spectacular day with bright sun and crystal clear Santa Barbara cobalt blue water. All …

Crew photos of Scarlet today. A=breaching; B=tail slapping/recovery; C=tail slapping splash; D=friendly approach (scars visible on back)

Our friend “Scarlet” puts on a show

2017 08-15 SB Channel Skies were clear and sunny and a light breeze picked up every so often which made for an ideal day on the Santa Barbara Channel.  Sightings for the day included:  8* humpback whales and 900 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave took the Condor Express into the mouth of the world-famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island …

Humpback tail flukes.

A great day in the Santa Barbara Channel

2017 08-11 SB Channel Captain Dave made a run towards the west again today but had to throttle-down a tad due to a moderate on-coming chop.  The sun was bright and sunny all day, and, together with the breeze, resulted in good conditions for sighting animals.  Today we closely watched:  2 Minke whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and 8* humpback …