Spouting in the wind - a blue whale

blue whales again plus humpback and dolphins too

2017 06-06 SB Channel Captain Dave ran another wild and crazy trip across the midriff region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Along the way he encountered 1 humpback whale, 300 long-beaked common dolphins and 4 blue whales.  Conditions were calm but skies had that June/stratus for which our coastal waters have become infamous.  Don’t fret.  This weather pattern should break …

Giant blue whales were abundant today.

Giant blue whales are sure fun to watch

2017 06-05 SB Channel Captain Dave took the helm of the Condor Express and ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to our recent blue whale hot spot near Santa Rosa Island.  Sightings for the day included 6 blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were patches of fog here and there and a low (typical June) stratus layer otherwise.  …

Humpback whale
Humpback whale tail flukes waterfall

4 blue whales, 2 humpback whales and more

2017 06-04 SB Channel There was a marine layer of low stratus clouds all day, and in spots it was down on the deck.  Nevertheless, Captain Eric and his crew had another epic adventure in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  4 blue whales, 2 humpback whales and at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  This is a great …

Blue whale spout !

The blue whales were spectacular

2017 06-03 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew on the Condor Express located and watched 3 blue whales and 25 long-beaked common dolphins today.  Conditions consisted of calm seas but with fog, sometimes dense, in the Santa Barbara Channel.  The blue whales were spectacular. The Condor headed east and soon a small herd of dolphins located the boat south …

Offshore bottlenose dolphin

Another fabulous excursion with blue whales, common and offshore bottlenose dolphins

2017 06-01 SB Channel Another fabulous excursion on the Condor Express with sightings that included 6 blue whales, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  Seas were calm and skies started out overcast but cleared nicely as the trip progressed. Just outside Santa Barbara Harbor a large, spread-out group of common dolphins found the boat, as they have …

Humpback whale.

A wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today

2017 05-30 SB Channel 2 blue whales, 4 humpback whales and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins made for a wonderful Santa Barbara Channel excursion today.  Conditions were flat and calm.  Skies were covered by thin, high stratus.  It was warm. Southeast of Santa Barbara Harbor there were countless small pods of dolphins stretched out and feeding over several miles of …