A look at our pal, Scarlet, the friendly humpback whale in clear blue water.

Another epic wildlife day in the Channel

2017 11-11 SB Channel Once again the Condor Express found ideal weather and sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Skies were clear and sunny.  The ocean surface was calm, and the water was clear.  Wildlife sightings were also excellent including 8 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. West of Platform Habitat and about 9.5 miles …

Humpback gluttons feast on northern anchovies

Great fall season whale watching

2017 11-10 SB Channel It was a cool and clear day in the Santa Barbara Channel which made for spectacular wildlife watching and amazing vistas.  Captain Erik and his crew report seeing 9 humpback whales and at least 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was great fall season whale watching for sure. The action began just south of our local Carpinteria …

A mighty humpback whale throws its tail

2500 dolphins and 8 whales

2017 11-08 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew report a drop-dead gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and exceptionally clear skies.  All 4 Channel Islands were visible from the boat.  Sightings were also fantastic with 8 humpback whales and at least 2500 long-beaked common dolphins reported. The first two whales were located after we drifted …

A larger humpback whale kicks up its tail flukes as a smaller whale swims nearby.

One juvenile and two big adult humpback whales…dolphins, too

2017 11-05 SB Channel There was a moderate breeze and some chop on the surface, but Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express took a calm heading to the southeast and had good sightings today, including:  3 humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Things got lively south of Platform Habitat where a single, small humpback whale with …

Long-beaked common dolphins.

Beautiful day and 3 different species of cetaceans

2017 11-01 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express found excellent sea conditions and spent the trip in an area southeast of Santa Barbara called The Flats.  Cetaceans observed today included:  5+ humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Things got off to a great start with a mega pod of at least …

Beautiful Potato Harbor on Santa Cruz Island's northeast corner.

A nice look at a giant fin whale plus humpback whales and more.

2017 10-26 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express into the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again today where they encountered ideal conditions and great wildlife sightings.  Closely watched marine animal totals included 3 humpback whales, 1 fin whale, and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. The action began north of The Lanes and 8½ miles from Chinese Harbor, …

Humpback whale

Private charter gets mugged by a friendly humpback

2017 10-24 SB Channel Today we ran a private whale watch exclusively for cruise ship passengers who got off the big boat and went out on the Condor Express.  It was a very warm day, especially in certain eastern Santa Barbara Channel areas where the Santa Ana winds were blowing and the heat was jacked up.  Otherwise, the sea conditions …