Four giants of the sea

2018 05-27 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters near Santa Cruz Island.  Sightings included 4 giants of the sea: 2 fin whales and 2 blue whales were observed today.  It is worth noting that the largest animal that ever lived on earth is the blue whale, and the fin whale …

Mother humpback whale and her calf.

Two pairs of cetaceans: two fin whales and two humpback whales

2018 05-26 SB Channel It was a bright, sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel today and a moderate breeze had seas whipped up just a bit.  Sightings included two pairs of cetaceans: a pair of fin whales and a pair of humpback whales. Our first sighting took place in The Lanes near Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island.  Here …

A giant blue whale is seen spouting.

Giant blue whales, humpback whales and dolphins too

2018 05-25 SB Channel The wind came up on our way home, but for the most part sea conditions and weather were great for finding wildlife.  Captain Tasha and her crew closely watched 2 humpback whales, 2 giant blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. The Condor Express had crossed into the commercial shipping lanes before finding a mother humpback …

Humpback whale mugs the Condor Express. Photo © Capt. Dave Beezer

Extremely friendly humpback, two fin whales and dolphins galore

2018 05-24 SB Channel A high, thin stratus layer persisted all day but seas were very calm and lateral visibility for sighting wildlife was excellent.  Sightings today included:  200 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 fin whales and 1 humpback whale…but that is not the whole story. About 3 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor a nice herd of dolphins located the …

Breaching humpback whale.

Breaching humpbacks, fin whales, hundreds of dolphins and sea lions

2018 05-23 SB Channel Captain Dave and his expert crew crossed the entire Santa Barbara Channel today and located a massive wildlife hot spot very close to Prisoner’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island today.  Sightings for the day included:  2 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 850 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 California sea lions.  Skies had a light overcast all …

Blue skies, blue water and blue streaks from several blue whales just beneath the ocean surface.

Blue whale and lots of cool dolphins

2018 05-17 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew crossed the Santa Barbara Channel and ran practically the entire 24-mile length of beautiful Santa Cruz Island today in search of wildlife.  Sightings included:  50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 800 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 giant blue whale.  It was sunny all day. Across the Channel and heading for the west end …

©2018 Capt. Dave Beezer Friendly killer whales today in the Santa Barbara Channel

Killer whales !

2018 05-16 SB Channel Five Bigg’s killer whales and 50 long-beaked common dolphins were seen today.  (Bigg’s killer whales were formerly known as north Pacific transient Orca’s). The day started out sunny and calm then got a little breezy around noon. It is always a great day when we see Orca’s. On our way out of Santa Barbara Harbor a …

A giant blue whale tail fluke waterfall on a sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Island yields giant blue whale and breaching humpbacks.

2018 05-15 SB Channel Gray whale-watching season for the Condor Express ended last Sunday and today was our first “island whale watch.”  It was stupendous!  Sightings for the day included:  1,200 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 humpback whales and 1 blue whale.  It was sunny with a light breeze out in the Santa Barbara Channel all day. As we departed Santa …