A black and white rendering of a humpback whale surrounded by sooty shearwaters.

The Channel was rich with common dolphins and humpback whales

2017 09-20 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was rich with long-beaked common dolphins, humpback whales and California sea lions.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 12* whales and at least 2,500 dolphins.  There was a high cloud layer and moderate seas. The life started about 7 miles southwest of Santa Barbara harbor and continued well into The Lanes.  …

A mother humpback whale and her calf. (from one of my 2010 Condor Express excursions).

A very active humpback calf and more!

2017 09-19 SB Channel Captain Dave ran the Condor Express under a high stratus layer and with relatively calm seas.  Dave and the crew located over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and closely watched 5 humpback whales.  These raw numbers do not tell the whole story of this wonderful excursion. Common dolphins were around the boat all day.  Many were actively …

California sea lion - feeding and tossing around its food (fish)

Sea lions play a game during dinner…and more!

2017 09-18 SB Channel Captain Eric reported closely watching:  *4 humpback whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale and 500 California sea lions.  Skies were mostly overcast, but the ocean was calm.  Additionally, Eric reports that the water clarity got even better today with that Santa Barbara cobalt color.  If you drew a straight line from UCSB Campus Point …

A full grown adult humpback whale flukes-up so close to the Condor Express

Large numbers of whales and dolphins in the north Channel

2017 09-15 SB Channel It was another sunny day with excellent weather and sea conditions for locating and watching wildlife.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched: 9* humpback whales, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  The trip ran completely across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search …

Scarlet the humpback whale - again today

11 humpback whales and 1500 dolphins

2017 09-14 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew had spectacular sea conditions, bright sun and only a light afternoon breeze in our neck of the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Sightings for the day included: 11 humpback whales and at least 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. About half-way across the Channel and to the west of Santa Barbara our first activity …

Scarlet the humpback whale

Scarlet got real friendly

2017 09-13 SB Channel One of the six humpback whales we closely watched today stole the show.  More will be written on that subject later in this report.  In addition to the humpback whales, over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and 250 California sea lions were watched.  Skies were clear and sunny.  Sea conditions were fantastic. Captain Dave and his crew …

Common dolphins get ahead of a humpback whale. Sometimes they even ride the bow wave of a whale.

Dolphins and humpbacks

2017 09-12 SB Channel Seas were calm.  Skies started out overcast but got sunny later in the morning.  Conditions were fine for locating and watching wildlife.  Today the Condor Express closely watched: 5 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and his crew headed towards one of the spots that has been very productive off and on this …