A huge humpback whale went into a serious tail-throwing episode today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Cetacean sightings were in the stratosphere.

2017 06-24 SB Channel A mixture of bright sunny areas and a few overcast areas created an excursion with lots of different moods.  Cetacean sightings were in the stratosphere.  7 blue whales, 13 humpback whales and 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  The seas were calm until we got to the Santa Cruz Island whale grounds where the breeze …

A male California sea lion exercises its vocal chords near Santa Barbara Harbor today.

The saga continues – cetaceans are hot in the Channel.

2017 06-22 SB Channel The saga continues – cetaceans are hot in the Channel. Captain Eric and his trusty deckhand/whale spotter, Steve, steered the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel again today to the fertile whale grounds near Santa Cruz Island.  Totals for the day included: 5 blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins.  There was …

The blue streak. A giant blue whale, or about 2/3rds of it, seen under the water.

Another fabulous day – blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins.

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A smokin' giant blue whale !

The first day of summer started with a bang.

2017 06-20 SB Channel The first day of summer started with a bang.  7 blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 600 or so long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Additional blue and humpback whales were seen in the distance.  There was sun intermixed with low stratus as we left Santa Barbara Harbor. Even though the NOAA NWS predicted calm …

Giant blue whale - giant tail !

Happy Father’s Day

2017 06-18 SB Channel Happy Father’s Day.  Today we had close looks at 8 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 blue whales and 6 mylar balloons. 2 ½ miles south of the red and white sea lion habitat (aka, Santa Barbara Harbor entrance buoy) we came upon a series of hot spots with common dolphins, California sea lions and …

Camelo, a deformed giant blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel today.

Camelo, the famous blue whale, was among 9 we encountered today.

2017 06-17 SB Channel Camelo, the famous blue whale, was among 9 we encountered today. [For new readers, Camelo is a large animal with a big depression in its back, between the rostrum and dorsal fin.  It was first spotted years ago off Baja California and was named.]  Also observed were 1,400 long-beaked common dolphins and 5 humpback whales.  Many …

A pair of very active humpback whales went on a tail-throwing spree, simultaneously, side-by-side.

Epic Wildlife Sightings: 15 blues, 12 humpbacks and more.

2017 06-16 SB Channel We experienced epic wildlife sightings today and closely watched 15 blue whales, 12 humpback whales, 10 long-beaked common dolphins and cruised by 14 ocean sunfish (Mola mola). As you will read below, the numbers do not tell the whole story. It was a warm, bright and sunny day with very light swells and winds…ideal for wildlife …