Dolphins were everywhere in the Channel today

Two humpback whales and a couple thousand dolphins.

2018 08-10 SB Channel A morning marine layer soon gave way to a sunny day with calm seas in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Sightings for today included 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales. Captain Dave and his crew report the presence of dolphins “everywhere” in the Channel, from the mid-Channel buoy onward.  On the hot spot, the dolphins …

A friendly Minke whale.

Humpbacks, Minke, and both short- and long-beaked dolphins

2018 08-09 SB Channel Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express ran a course parallel to Santa Cruz Island, heading east to a point several miles north of Chinese Harbor.  Seas were glassy and calm.  The morning fog patches gave way to a high stratus layer with good surface lateral visibility.  Sightings included 1 Minke whale, 1300 long-beaked …

A Risso's dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel

Four different species of cetaceans today

2018 08-08 SB Channel – Far West Captain Dave and his crew explored a fresh territory and located four different species of cetaceans in the far western Santa Barbara Channel.  After several days of working the opposite end of the Channel, Dave changed things up, and had a spectacular trip to waters we do not often frequent.  Whereas Anacapa Island …

A kelping humpback whale.

Kelping humpback and other delights

2018 08-07 SB Channel – Far East Captain Dave returned to the hot zone that has been firing north and east of Anacapa Island this week.  A hazy sunshine kept things nice and optimized locating wildlife.  Seas were calm.  Total sightings for the day included:  1 blue shark, 1 sunfish (Mola mola), 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  …

Humpback whale tail throw.

Humpback tail throws, Minke whales and plenty of dolphins.

2018 08-06 SB Channel – Far East As happened yesterday, once again Captain Tasha and her crew ran to the far east and located a nice hot spot north of Anacapa Island.  Seas were calm.  The weather was nice.  Sightings included 2 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Humpback tail throws were the high point of …

A close look at a humpback whale close to the Condor Express and found east of Anacapa Island.

Humpback and dolphins beyond Anacapa Island

2018 08-05 SB Channel – Far East Captain Tasha and her crew took the Condor Express to the east, and technically beyond the eastern boundary of the “Santa Barbara Channel.”  Tasha left Arch Rock on East Anacapa Island in her wake during the quest for cetaceans.  Skies started out overcast and became sunny later.  Seas were calm all day.  Sightings …

Humpback tail flukes make a wonderful summer Fiesta waterfall.

Humpback whales, a Minke whale and thousands of dolphins enjoy Fiesta.

2018 08-04 SB Channel East Captain Dave ran a boat load of happy Santa Barbara Fiesta whale lovers across the Channel and located loads of marine mammals.  Sightings today included 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale, and 2 humpback whales.  Seas were flat and calm.  Skies varied from a high stratus to clear and sunny. Dave describes the dolphin …

The spout of a humpback whale is sent flying everywhere on a windy day in the Channel. Exhilarating.

Fresh conditions create dramatic sightings of whales and dolphins.

2018 08-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to a previous whale hot spot several miles off the northern face of Santa Rosa Island.  Sightings for the day included 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  There was a fresh breeze blowing and generating a moderate swell. On …

Friendly humpback whale and its fan club.

Nice humpback sightings and plenty of dolphins

2018 07-30 SB Channel The Condor Express set out to cross the Santa Barbara Channel in heavy fog this morning.  The whale action started near The Lanes and off the Santa Cruz Channel. Total sightings for closely watched cetaceans today included 4 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. The sightings started off with great looks at 2 humpbacks and …