Pacific white-sided dolphin

Two different species of dolphins and loads of gray whale calves

2018 04-30 SB Coast Only 2 weeks left on our coastal gray whale season and things are still going strong!  Sightings for the day included:  30 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales.  Conditions were good.  It was partly sunny with just a slight bump on the water. On the way west, the first 2 whales …

Close look at a big fin whale. Fin whales are "cousins" of giant blue whales and are the 2nd largest animals to ever live on earth.

Four large fin whales and lots of dolphins

2018 04-28 SB Coast The day started off nice, but during the mid-morning a fresh breeze kicked up.  This did not deter our Captain Dave and his able crew from finding and closely watching three different species of cetaceans.  Two trips left the docks, one at 9am, the other at noon.  Totals for the day included: 4 large fin whales, …

The distinctive fin of a fin whale (with stalked barnacles riding along on the tip)

A giant fin whale, two gray whales and hundreds of dolphins

2018 04-25 SB Coast Three trips left Santa Barbara Harbor today with exceptional sea conditions.  The morning trip experienced a high marine layer, while the rest of the day was sunny and bright. Total sightings for the day included 2 gray whales, 850 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 fin whale. The morning trip ran west past UCSB and located a …

Gray whale heading for the Condor Express (and my camera)

Bright sun and blue, clear water.

2018 04-22 SB Coast Earth Day was spectacular along the Santa Barbara Coast and into the northern Channel.  One gray whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins were watched closely during a single, 12 noon, excursion. The bright sun and blue, clear water enhanced all the sightings. After the customary run west (up the coast) a whale was located off Hendry’s …

Whale lovers on board the Condor Express get a friendly visit by a mega pod of long-beaked commons.

Grays, Humpbacks and hundreds of dolphins

2018 04-21 SB Channel Today’s sightings included 3 gray whales, 2 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  Sea conditions were fantastic all day long. The gray whales were encountered west of Hendry’s Beach.  We carefully followed them west as far as Goleta Bay.  Wonderful looks were had.  Later, humpback whales were found a bit southeast of Santa Barbara Harbor …

Two fin whales swim side-by-side

Fin whales, gray whales and bottlenose dolphins

  Two excellent fin whales were encountered along with 25 inshore bottlenose sightings and four gray whales on two excursions today. Trips left Santa Barbara Harbor at 9am and noon with excellent sea conditions and very clear, blue Santa Barbara cobalt, water. The morning trip headed west, up the coast.   More than a dozen dolphins greeted the Condor Express near …

Gray whale mother and her calf.

Gray whale cow-calf parade ramps up

2018 04-17 SB Coast Two trips left Santa Barbara Harbor today, one at 9am the other at noon.  Sea conditions were fabulous.  Skies were clear and the panoramic vistas were spectacular.  Total sightings for the day included 6 gray whales and 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins. The morning trip followed a mother whale and her calf from Hendry’s Beach up to …