Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale shows some baleen !

The humpbacks were here today !

2018 07-29 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express ran two trips today.  Totals for both trips included: 11 humpback whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins…all closely watched. Iit was foggy this morning, but things improved on the afternoon adventure.  All the action was north of the Lanes and near the west end of Santa Cruz …

Humpback whale tail flukes.

Risso’s, commons and humpback whales.

2018 07-28 SB Channel While ocean conditions were very nice, the atmosphere played some tricks on the Condor Express today, with patches of dense fog alternating with areas of good visibility.  Nonetheless, it was a good day for cetacean-watching with 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 4 Risso’s dolphins closely watched. Multiple smaller pods of common dolphins were …

A July humpback whale.

Nice weather for humpbacks and dolphins

2018 07-25 SB Channel East Sightings for today included 3 humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 Minke whale. Captain Tasha ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and good marine life areas down near the eastern end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  The weather was nice. There was a little bit of the west swell but fortunately the wind …

One of three fin whales we watched among the giant blues today.

Mother fin whale and her calf, a half dozen blue whales plus dolphins too

2018 07-22 SB Channel East The giants were assembled on the grounds again today in larger numbers.  The hot spot was north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, south of The Lanes.  Captain Tasha and her crew located 6+ blue whales, 3 fin whales, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny all day. The air was subtropical.  …

A mighty blue whale spout near Santa Cruz Island

ACS-LA Charter yields blues, humpbacks and more

2018 07-21 SB Channel-ACS The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter, ran their annual summer all-day whale watching trip today.  When we departed Santa Barbara Harbor at 8 am, skies were covered by a thin low stratus layer.  Seas were calm with a light breeze and some very tiny chop on the surface.  By 10 am we were well under …

One of several blue giants we watched today.

Seas were calm. Whales were giant.

2018 07-20 SB Channel – East The thin marine layer clouds soon burned off and the day was clear and warm.  Seas were calm.  Captain Dave and the crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel on a southeasterly heading and located a whale area off the northern face of West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched sightings included 3 blue whales, 1 …

A giant blue whale is seen in its entirety in the transparent water today.

Awesome blue whale in crystal clear, blue water…and more!

2018 07-19 SB Channel – East The ocean was very flat and calm today with lots of spots that were mill pond glassy.  Captain Dave and his crew ran down to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again and located 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 4 Minke whales, and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whale and dolphin sightings …

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by …

Dorsal fin of a huge fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

Blue whales, fin whale, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins!

2018 07-17 SB Channel – East Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 1 fin whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 offshore bottlenose dolphins.  The trip today ran southeast down to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny soon after. Upon arrival at the …

Blue whale - blue water (and blue sky)

The blues continue and so do the dolphins.

2018 07-16 SB Channel – East The weather and sea conditions improved overnight and today things were sunny and calm.  Captain Colton and his crew set a course for Santa Cruz Island and it turned out to be a very productive day with approximately 10 giant blue whales in the area, of which we closely watched five.  Nearly 300 long-beaked …