Humpback mother and her calf.

10 humpbacks including a mother and tiny humpback calf

2017 10-01 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express spent the trip entirely in the northern Channel averaging 6 to 8 miles offshore. Wildlife was abundant, and the following close observations were made:  10 humpback whales including a calf, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and a dozen or so California sea lions.  Skies had a high stratus …

Humpback whale - Kelping.

Krill gets giant blue whales and humpbacks excited.

2017 09-29 SB Channel Totals for the day included: 2 blue whales, 8+ humpback whales, and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. The action today was 8 or 9 miles southwest of Santa Barbara Harbor where the Condor Express crew found excellent conditions for wildlife location and viewing.  Seas were calm.  Skies were sunny, and there was a pleasant breeze wafting …

Blue streaks caused by the sun reflecting off the giant blue whales which are swimming just below the surface in clear water

Giant blue whales, humpback whales, and other mammals

2017 09-26 SB Channel There were three distinct activity zones or hot spots today in the Santa Barbara Channel and located by Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express.  Total sightings included: 5 blue whales, 7 humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 200 California sea lions.  Seas were flat and calm.  Skies were sunny.  The …

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale (from an earlier Condor Express expedition)

Surface Lunge Feeding Humpback Whales and Lots More

2017 09-25 SB Channel Another wonderful sunny day with calm seas and clear, blue water greeted passengers and crew as they crossed the entire Santa Barbara Channel and saw spectacular wildlife along the way.  Totals for today included:  *12 humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and more than 200 California sea lions. To set the stage it is important to …

Giant blue whale

9 humpback whales including Rope, a blue whale and more

2017 09-24 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew report fantastic interactions with wildlife with sunny skies and calm seas.  Totals include: 9* humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 blue whale and at least 200 California sea lions. Dolphin pods were spread out and joined the Condor Express from about 1 mile offshore.  There were many pods throughout the …

Humpback whale
Waterfall - humpback whale tail flukes.

More than a dozen humpback whales and thousands of dolphins.

2017 09-23 SB Channel Excellent weather and sea conditions resulted in a good quantity of high quality wildlife encounters today.  There were 14 humpback whales and over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew took a southwesterly course from Santa Barbara Harbor to the western end of Santa Cruz Island, crossing the Santa Barbara Channel. Dave …