A kelping humpback whale. (from my Condor Express archives)

Nine whales, blue whales and humpback whales, with hundreds of dolphins.

Captain Eric reports high clouds with sun at the Island, calm seas and a huge long-period swell that is supposed to peak on Tuesday with massive surf on west-facing beaches. None of this will affect the Condor Express when our next trip leaves the dock on Wednesday.  Today’s sightings were “off the hook” and continue the current trend of sizeable …

Blue whale (From my Condor Express archives)

Blue Whales still abundant in the Channel

We ran a private whale watch charter for cruise ship passengers today with nice sea conditions. Captain Dave reported some light residual bumps on the surface today, but completely smoothing out as the Condor Express approached Santa Cruz Island mid-way through the trip.  Totals for today included 3 blue whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins and a large mob of at …

Humpback whale tail (From my Condor Express archives)

A fantastic expedition

Rain was forecasted but Captain Eric and his crew found sunny, blue skies and calm seas in the Santa Barbara Channel today. Sightings included 1 blue whale, 1 humpback whale, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 300 California sea lions.  All this added up to a fantastic expedition. The first stop of the day was near The Lanes where …