One of the many humpback whales we watched today was seen breaching a few miles away.

The species and numbers of marine mammals were out of sight.

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Four humpback whales were seen interacting with each other on the surface today. Wild stuff !

The first word that comes to mind is “spectacular.”

2017 11-18 SB Channel It was a bright and sunny day with just enough of a breeze to add loads of sparkle to the ocean surface for great silhouette photography.  Captain Dave and his crew located 9* humpback whales and approximately 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.  The first word that comes to mind is “spectacular.” Dave pointed the mighty Condor Express …

One of the two humpback whales we watched today did a nice, big tail throw.

Whales and 3 species of dolphins!

2017 11-16 SB Channel – East It was a delightful, silvery day with interesting cloud patterns and some light sprinkles as we headed south from Santa Barbara Harbor.  Captain Dave and his crew successfully located and we closely watched 2 humpback whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 1000 short-beaked common dolphins.  Whales and 3 species of …

A breaching humpback whale I photographed on an earlier Condor Express excursion (2010)

Scarlet the humpback paid us a visit.

2017 11-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reports a thin, high stratus layer that kept things cool but not cold in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Sea conditions were good as well.  Sightings were magnificent once again, rounding out a very special week for wildlife, and included 8+ humpback whales and at least 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Scarlet the humpback paid …

A look at our pal, Scarlet, the friendly humpback whale in clear blue water.

Another epic wildlife day in the Channel

2017 11-11 SB Channel Once again the Condor Express found ideal weather and sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Skies were clear and sunny.  The ocean surface was calm, and the water was clear.  Wildlife sightings were also excellent including 8 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. West of Platform Habitat and about 9.5 miles …

Humpback gluttons feast on northern anchovies

Great fall season whale watching

2017 11-10 SB Channel It was a cool and clear day in the Santa Barbara Channel which made for spectacular wildlife watching and amazing vistas.  Captain Erik and his crew report seeing 9 humpback whales and at least 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was great fall season whale watching for sure. The action began just south of our local Carpinteria …

A mighty humpback whale throws its tail

2500 dolphins and 8 whales

2017 11-08 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew report a drop-dead gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and exceptionally clear skies.  All 4 Channel Islands were visible from the boat.  Sightings were also fantastic with 8 humpback whales and at least 2500 long-beaked common dolphins reported. The first two whales were located after we drifted …

A larger humpback whale kicks up its tail flukes as a smaller whale swims nearby.

One juvenile and two big adult humpback whales…dolphins, too

2017 11-05 SB Channel There was a moderate breeze and some chop on the surface, but Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express took a calm heading to the southeast and had good sightings today, including:  3 humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Things got lively south of Platform Habitat where a single, small humpback whale with …

Long-beaked common dolphins.

Beautiful day and 3 different species of cetaceans

2017 11-01 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express found excellent sea conditions and spent the trip in an area southeast of Santa Barbara called The Flats.  Cetaceans observed today included:  5+ humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Things got off to a great start with a mega pod of at least …