Two gray whales having fun.

Six gray whales were seen today.

2017 04-26 SB Coast The NOAA NWS forecast for the Channel was bleak.  Strong winds from a Pacific storm that was bringing rain to NorCal were scheduled to whip things up down our way.  Captain Dave kept an eye on the ocean and the marine weather broadcast, and ended up running a single, very productive excursion.  Six gray whales were …

Two surface lunge-feeding humpback whales from today. iPhone photo by crew member Steve Rogers.

The humpback feeding frenzy stole the show.

2017 04-22 SB Coast Humpback whale feeding frenzy, gray whale calves and two different species of dolphins made todays three excursions along the Santa Barbara coast quite memorable.  Total sightings for the day included: 2 bottlenose dolphins, 6 gray whales, 29 humpback whales and 600 long-beaked common dolphins. 2017 04-22 SB Coast Humpback whale feeding frenzy, gray whale calves and …

A tiny little (15 foot) gray whale calf.

Two pairs of gray whales.

2017 04-20 SB Coast It was a bit windy along the coast and Captain Dave ran a single trip at noon.  The crew of the Condor Express saw a total of two pairs of gray whales.  The first pair was a mother gray whale and her calf which was discovered close to the entrance of Santa Barbara harbor.  This pair …

Best buddies. A California sea lion and a Pacific white-sided dolphin ride alongside the Condor Express.

Sightings were fantastic with lots of whales and dolphins.

2017 04-19 SB Coast Although the day started out with dense fog all the way down to the deck, it lifted by mid-morning and created ample visibility and calm seas for locating the following species today:  11 gray whales, 50 Pacific white-sided dolphins (Aka, lags) and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Sightings were fantastic with lots of whales and dolphins.  The …