Offshore bottlenose dolphin

2017 12-01 SB Channel There was lots of mammal action near the island today.  In The Lanes, adjacent to Arch Rock, Santa Cruz Island, Captain Eric and his crew located 3 humpback whales, 4 blue whales, 20 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 50 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were clear and sunny.  Winds were light and variable, and there was a strong, …

Twenty Risso's dolphins were seen today among the great diversity of marine mammals observed.

Six different marine mammal species were observed.

2017 11-25 SB Channel Once again fearless Captain Eric and his renowned crew took the Condor Express near the western end of Santa Cruz Island and six different marine mammal species were observed today.  Sea conditions were very calm and the following were closely watched:  2+ blue whales, 4 humpback whales, 20 Risso’s dolphins, 650 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 inshore …

A "racing" giant blue whale.

Fantastic fall fantasy excursion.

2017 11-22 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew went out into the pristine Santa Barbara Channel and located 6+ blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 fin whale, and 20 Pacific white-sided dolphins.  It was a hot 90⁰F in Sana Barbara Harbor, but out in the ocean with the cool blue water and light breeze when the Condor Express was …

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 …