A close look at a friendly gray whale.

Four southbound gray whales !

2018 02-07 SB Channel – It was a spectacular sunny day with warm, blue skies as we departed Santa Barbara Harbor this morning.  But just offshore we entered dense, less than ¼-mile visibility, fog.  It stayed with us all day until we returned to the same point on the way home.  Considering the fog, today’s sightings of 4 gray whales …

Common dolphins in clear, blue water.

Fin whales steal the show

2018 01-05 SB Channel – Although seas were very smooth and glassy, there was dense fog all day.  The “good” spots might have had as much as ¼ mile visibility, yet somehow Captain Eric and his crew, with a little help from their friends, had an amazing day.  Sightings included closely watching: 6 fin whales, 150 long-beaked common dolphins and …

Giant blue whale tail flukes.

Four different cetaceans and a shark!

2018 01-03 SB Channel – Captain Eric and his crew had a lucrative excursion today in terms of wild animals.  The following were closely watched:  gray whales = 5, blue whale = 1, offshore bottlenose dolphins = 20, long-beaked common dolphins = 2000 and 1 blue shark. On the way across the Santa Barbara Channel en route to the world …