Humpback tail flukes.

A great day in the Santa Barbara Channel

2017 08-11 SB Channel Captain Dave made a run towards the west again today but had to throttle-down a tad due to a moderate on-coming chop.  The sun was bright and sunny all day, and, together with the breeze, resulted in good conditions for sighting animals.  Today we closely watched:  2 Minke whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and 8* humpback …

Humpback in the breeze. (From an earlier Condor Express adventure)

Eleven humpback whales and lots of common dolphins

2017 08-08 SB Channel Eleven humpback whales and 750 long-beaked common dolphins headed up the list of species and numbers for today’s excursion along the northwestern portion of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave kept his course heading to avoid the stronger winds and residual chop that persisted from overnight conditions.  It was sunny along the northwest, with light to …

California sea lion.

Calm seas yield great cetacean diversity today.

2017 08-06 SB Channel Seas were calm in the northern Channel, and windy in the south.  Captain Eric and his crew found plenty of great animals in the north, including: 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 short-beaked common dolphins, 8 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales. The dolphins found the Condor Express starting about ½ mile out of Santa Barbara harbor …