Common dolphins in clear, blue water.

Fin whales steal the show

2018 01-05 SB Channel – Although seas were very smooth and glassy, there was dense fog all day.  The “good” spots might have had as much as ¼ mile visibility, yet somehow Captain Eric and his crew, with a little help from their friends, had an amazing day.  Sightings included closely watching: 6 fin whales, 150 long-beaked common dolphins and …

Giant blue whale tail flukes.

Four different cetaceans and a shark!

2018 01-03 SB Channel – Captain Eric and his crew had a lucrative excursion today in terms of wild animals.  The following were closely watched:  gray whales = 5, blue whale = 1, offshore bottlenose dolphins = 20, long-beaked common dolphins = 2000 and 1 blue shark. On the way across the Santa Barbara Channel en route to the world …

Gray whale near Santa Cruz Island

Extraordinary fin whale sightings

2017 12-23 SB Channel A light breeze across the water kept things on the cool side in the Santa Barbara Channel, even though the sun was shining all day.  Seas were calm.  Captain Eric and the crew recorded the following sightings:   long-beaked common dolphins = 450, gray whales=2, fin whales=6*.  Seeing so many fin whales has been extraordinary. Out near …

A fin whale dorsal fin - like those seen today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Amazing cetacean sightings.

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had some amazing cetacean sightings with perfect conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Totals for the day included: 1 humpback whale, 1 *blue whale, 6** fin whales, and 1700 long-beaked common dolphins. Starting about 4 miles out from the harbor, pods containing several hundred dolphins were distributed across the Channel.  …