Whale & Dolphin Summary –> Tuesday, July 27

Nature Lovers, Wow.  What a great day to be outdoors enjoying the fresh air and bright sunlight at our Channel Islands.  The summer species remain in great abundance on the feeding grounds near Santa Rosa…and here is a summary of those marine mammals watched closely by the Condor Express today:  2 Blue Whale (It was a mother and her calf)4 Humpback Whales (approached the boat very …

Whale & Dolphin Update – Monday, July 26

Nature Lovers, The Blue Whales were farther west on the feeding grounds near Santa Rosa Island today, but they did not elude the watchful eyes of our fearless crew.  Here are the number of marine mammals we observed:  10 Blue Whale10 Humpback Whales (including a few breaches, tail lobs, etc) 200 Risso's Dolphins 10 Dall's Porpoise500 California Sea Lions This is the prime time …

Whale and Dolphin Report – Sunday July 25

Whale and Dolphin Lovers, The Blue Whales were on the feeding grounds today and here are the number of marine mammals we observed: 5 Blue Whale500 Common Dolphins500 California Sea Lions  Advise interested parties to make their reservations early, the word is getting out and spaces may be limited…we'd love you and your clients to be part of the action!    Our daily …

Whale, Dolphin and Shark Sightings for Sat July 24, 2010

Whale and Dolphin Lovers, Today the Condor Express was chartered to the American Cetacean Society, hence it was an 8-hour adventure, approximately double our normal time on the grounds. Here are the sighting numbers:  10 Blue Whales15 Humpback Whales50 Risso's Dolphins50 Common Dolphins 4 Bottlenose Dolphins500 California Sea Lions AND… 1 large Basking Shark ! Menu de jour:  Krill (shrimplike crustaceans) all over the surface, which gave …

Friday July 23 – Whale and Dolphin Report

Whale and Dolphin Lovers, The whales were spread out all over the feeding grounds today and here are the number of marine mammals we followed closely: 8 Blue Whale4 Humpback Whales (this was 2 mother-calf pairs !) 4 Dall's Porpoise (the little black and white torpedos!) 500 Common Dolphins500 California Sea Lions Advise interested parties to make their reservations early, the word is getting out and …

Thurs July 22 – Whale Report

Nature Lovers, It was a whale fest on the summer feeding grounds again today.  Although a season high 50 or more whales were in the area, here are the number of marine mammals we followed closely:  17 Blue Whale14 Humpback Whales500 California Sea Lions Now this doesn't happen very often, but towards the end of the trip we had one Humpback Whale that breached (leaping completely …

Wed July 21 – Whale and Dolphin Report

Nature and Santa Barbara Channel Lovers, It was as if every whale on the West Coast converged on the grounds today !  Incredible.  Here's what I'm talking about:  8 Blue Whale10 Humpback Whales75 Risso's Dolphins (swimming with Blue Whales)750 Common Dolphins500 California Sea Lions But wait!  There's more to the story today:  The numbers above reflect ONLY whales that were directly observed and followed by …

Tuesday July 20 – Whale and Dolphin Report

Ocean Lovers, What a day!  It was “Marine Mammal Soup,” if you pardon the carnivorous metaphore. The sightings menu for today was as follows: 1 Blue Whale 5 Humpback Whales 1 Fin (aka Finback) Whale300 Common Dolphins (actively feeding)500 California Sea Lions But wait!  There's more to the Humpback story today:  We had a Humpback Whale breach completely out of the water, and another lob it's …

Sun. July 18 – Whale and Dolphin Update

Dear Nature Lovers, The summer whale feeding grounds were sunny and calm today, but alive with whales.  What a great day we had, observing: 2 Humpback Whales (It was a mother and her calf !) 4 Blue Whales 150 Common Dolphins1 young Elephant Seal (on a rocky ledge on the island) The whales moved to the eastern side of the feeding grounds near Santa Cruz Island, and …