Mother gray whale (right side) and her calf (left) heading for the Condor Express.

Lots of gray whale mothers and calves were seen today.

2017 04-15 SB Coast Tracks laid down by the Condor Express today showed that two trips stayed in the nearshore environment, and a third one moved out 5 miles for a search of deeper water.  Total sightings for today included 14 gray whales, 15 bottlenose dolphins and 700 long-beaked common dolphins.  Lots of gray whale mothers and calves were seen …

Good stuff!

2017 04-14 SB Coast The Condor Express ran two trips today, one at 9 am and the other 12 noon.  Totals for the day included: 8 gray whales, 2 humpback whales and 2,400 long-beaked common dolphins.  The day started out calm and the winds finally kicked up as we neared the harbor on our last trip.  Good stuff! 9am One …

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale !

Surface lunge-feeding humpback and more

2017 04-13 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew got off the docks with two excursions today into the northern Santa Barbara Channel and total sightings were as follows:  4 gray whales, 2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 humpback whale and 100 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were periods of light rain, but mostly it was not wet and the seas were calm …

A leaping bottlenose dolphin near the beach

3 different species of cetaceans

2017 04-12 SB Coast Three excursions were mounted today and all three were highly successful.  Totals for the day included: 6 gray whales, 20 bottlenose dolphins, and more than 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was great to see 3 different species of cetaceans. 9am Two shy gray whales were found off the old lighthouse and followed west.  Their down times …