Gray whale near Santa Cruz Island

Extraordinary fin whale sightings

2017 12-23 SB Channel A light breeze across the water kept things on the cool side in the Santa Barbara Channel, even though the sun was shining all day.  Seas were calm.  Captain Eric and the crew recorded the following sightings:   long-beaked common dolphins = 450, gray whales=2, fin whales=6*.  Seeing so many fin whales has been extraordinary. Out near …

A fin whale dorsal fin - like those seen today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Amazing cetacean sightings.

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had some amazing cetacean sightings with perfect conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Totals for the day included: 1 humpback whale, 1 *blue whale, 6** fin whales, and 1700 long-beaked common dolphins. Starting about 4 miles out from the harbor, pods containing several hundred dolphins were distributed across the Channel.  …

Offshore bottlenose dolphin

2017 12-01 SB Channel There was lots of mammal action near the island today.  In The Lanes, adjacent to Arch Rock, Santa Cruz Island, Captain Eric and his crew located 3 humpback whales, 4 blue whales, 20 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 50 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were clear and sunny.  Winds were light and variable, and there was a strong, …

Twenty Risso's dolphins were seen today among the great diversity of marine mammals observed.

Six different marine mammal species were observed.

2017 11-25 SB Channel Once again fearless Captain Eric and his renowned crew took the Condor Express near the western end of Santa Cruz Island and six different marine mammal species were observed today.  Sea conditions were very calm and the following were closely watched:  2+ blue whales, 4 humpback whales, 20 Risso’s dolphins, 650 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 inshore …

A "racing" giant blue whale.

Fantastic fall fantasy excursion.

2017 11-22 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew went out into the pristine Santa Barbara Channel and located 6+ blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 fin whale, and 20 Pacific white-sided dolphins.  It was a hot 90⁰F in Sana Barbara Harbor, but out in the ocean with the cool blue water and light breeze when the Condor Express was …

One of the many humpback whales we watched today was seen breaching a few miles away.

The species and numbers of marine mammals were out of sight.

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