A humpback whale chin-slap (from a previous Condor Express trip)

A very productive excursion: 18 humpback whales and 1200 dolphins

2017 10-15 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had a very productive excursion with 18 humpback whales and 1200 long-beaked common dolphins seen.  California sea lions and thousands of feeding sea birds were also in the picture. The action today was in the far western Santa Barbara Channel, approximately 16 miles west of Platform Holly.  …

Humpback whales.

Whale-Dolphin-Sea Bird hot spots continue.

2017 10-12 SB Channel Sea conditions were excellent in the northern Santa Barbara Channel again today and, as reported earlier this week, there are some nice whale-dolphin-sea bird hot spots. Sightings included:  9 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. A bit further east than yesterday’s action, 9 miles south of Goleta Bay, hundreds of dolphins took a quick break …

A people-watching juvenile humpback whale. iPhone photograph by Captain Dave.

Condor Express gets mugged by a people-watching humpback whale

2017 10-11 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew found nice wildlife-watching conditions along the northern Santa Barbara Channel.  Sightings today included: 10 humpback whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins.  All the action was west of Santa Barbara Harbor, and about 12 miles south of UCSB. Upon arriving on the scene, the Condor Express was greeted first by a single …

A mother humpback whale and her calf were seen lunge-feeding on a surface population of yummy northern anchovies today.

Surface lunge-feeding by humpback mother and calf

2017 10-05 SB Channel We are in the middle of a week in which stunning ocean conditions and bright sunny skies are forecast, and today did not disappoint.  Today’s report for closely-watched marine mammals includes 9+ humpback whales and over 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave was at the helm and his deckhand, Tasha, was on the binoculars…what a team. …

Humpback mother and her calf.

10 humpbacks including a mother and tiny humpback calf

2017 10-01 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express spent the trip entirely in the northern Channel averaging 6 to 8 miles offshore. Wildlife was abundant, and the following close observations were made:  10 humpback whales including a calf, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and a dozen or so California sea lions.  Skies had a high stratus …