Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale (from an earlier Condor Express expedition)

Surface Lunge Feeding Humpback Whales and Lots More

2017 09-25 SB Channel Another wonderful sunny day with calm seas and clear, blue water greeted passengers and crew as they crossed the entire Santa Barbara Channel and saw spectacular wildlife along the way.  Totals for today included:  *12 humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and more than 200 California sea lions. To set the stage it is important to …

Giant blue whale

9 humpback whales including Rope, a blue whale and more

2017 09-24 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew report fantastic interactions with wildlife with sunny skies and calm seas.  Totals include: 9* humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 blue whale and at least 200 California sea lions. Dolphin pods were spread out and joined the Condor Express from about 1 mile offshore.  There were many pods throughout the …

Humpback whale
Waterfall - humpback whale tail flukes.

More than a dozen humpback whales and thousands of dolphins.

2017 09-23 SB Channel Excellent weather and sea conditions resulted in a good quantity of high quality wildlife encounters today.  There were 14 humpback whales and over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew took a southwesterly course from Santa Barbara Harbor to the western end of Santa Cruz Island, crossing the Santa Barbara Channel. Dave …

A black and white rendering of a humpback whale surrounded by sooty shearwaters.

The Channel was rich with common dolphins and humpback whales

2017 09-20 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was rich with long-beaked common dolphins, humpback whales and California sea lions.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 12* whales and at least 2,500 dolphins.  There was a high cloud layer and moderate seas. The life started about 7 miles southwest of Santa Barbara harbor and continued well into The Lanes.  …

A mother humpback whale and her calf. (from one of my 2010 Condor Express excursions).

A very active humpback calf and more!

2017 09-19 SB Channel Captain Dave ran the Condor Express under a high stratus layer and with relatively calm seas.  Dave and the crew located over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and closely watched 5 humpback whales.  These raw numbers do not tell the whole story of this wonderful excursion. Common dolphins were around the boat all day.  Many were actively …

California sea lion - feeding and tossing around its food (fish)

Sea lions play a game during dinner…and more!

2017 09-18 SB Channel Captain Eric reported closely watching:  *4 humpback whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale and 500 California sea lions.  Skies were mostly overcast, but the ocean was calm.  Additionally, Eric reports that the water clarity got even better today with that Santa Barbara cobalt color.  If you drew a straight line from UCSB Campus Point …

A full grown adult humpback whale flukes-up so close to the Condor Express

Large numbers of whales and dolphins in the north Channel

2017 09-15 SB Channel It was another sunny day with excellent weather and sea conditions for locating and watching wildlife.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched: 9* humpback whales, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  The trip ran completely across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search …