California Whale Watching http://condorexpress.com Your Whale Watching Adventure Awaits! Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:49:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 40460865 Bait ball hopping http://condorexpress.com/bait-ball-hopping/ http://condorexpress.com/bait-ball-hopping/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 23:49:26 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10500 Monday, August 29, 2016 – Captain Eric and his “ojos de águila” deckhand Auggie, went bait ball hopping and found a mother lode of at least 10 (closely watched) humpback whales and 1,000 or more long-beaked common dolphins out off Campus Point. Sea conditions were good but got worse the further west the Condor Express went. Here are the glorious ...

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blue whales Saturday, humpbacks on Sunday http://condorexpress.com/blue-whales-saturday-humpbacks-sunday/ http://condorexpress.com/blue-whales-saturday-humpbacks-sunday/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:25:57 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10498 Sunday, August 28, 2016 – A quick note regarding Saturday’s all-day, annual American Cetacean Society excursion. Sightings included a couple of humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel, several hundred pelagic bottlenose dolphins, thousands of both short- and long-beaked common dolphins, and, the Pièce de résistance, 8 or 10 giant blue whales located in pelagic waters well south of San ...

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Sea Lion Mob http://condorexpress.com/sea-lion-mob/ http://condorexpress.com/sea-lion-mob/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:47:08 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10496 Friday, August 26, 2016 – Captain Dave hit the jackpot with 12 closely watched humpback whales, over 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins, and, a huge sea lion mob, “thousands of California sea lions,” says Dave. The day began with a low stratus layer and light seas. The marine layer burned off to sun later in the day. Two of the humpback ...

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Humpback tail slaps and more http://condorexpress.com/humpback-tail-slaps/ http://condorexpress.com/humpback-tail-slaps/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:42:43 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10494 Thursday, August 25, 2016.  Seven humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins visited the Condor Express today.  Sea conditions were nice with only a breeze on the water and not much swell.  Captain Dave was at the helm and second Captain Eric was on binocular duty.  Some great humpback tail slaps and breaches were seen late in the ...

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Humpback whales festoon the north Channel http://condorexpress.com/humpback-whales-festoon-north-channel/ http://condorexpress.com/humpback-whales-festoon-north-channel/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:02:10 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10478 Sunday, August 21, 2016 –  Captain Eric found a substantial amount of biomass in the northern Santa Barbara Channel including close looks at 7 humpback whales,  at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 Minke whales, and loads of California sea lions.  The weather was good with sunny skies, a moderate breeze but not much swell. Not too far out from ...

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Risso’s Dolphins and more fun animals http://condorexpress.com/rissos-dolphins-fun-animals/ http://condorexpress.com/rissos-dolphins-fun-animals/#respond Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:22:10 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10475 Saturday, August 20, 2016 – The sun broke out around 11 am and stayed out.  It was a bit windy, and got windier as we moved west and offshore, but there was no ground swell or “bump” on the water.  Translation:  conditions were good.  Sightings for the day included 200 long-beaked common dolphins, at least 1,000 short-beaked common dolphins, 5 ...

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Pelagic Red Crabs and more http://condorexpress.com/pelagic-red-crabs/ http://condorexpress.com/pelagic-red-crabs/#respond Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:24:18 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10472 August 19, 2016 –  “Glassy and gorgeous all day” is how Captain Dave described things today.  The excursion was filled with fun stuff including 1 humpback whale, 50 Risso’s dolphins, at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins, hundreds of pelagic red crabs, nearly 100 California sea lions, and several Minke whales in the area. Not far offshore the dolphins found the ...

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Hammerhead Shark joins the Mammals http://condorexpress.com/hammerhead-shark-joins-mammals/ http://condorexpress.com/hammerhead-shark-joins-mammals/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:46:59 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10468 Thursday, August 18, 2016 –  Among all the mammal sightings the highlight of the trip turned out to be a fish.  A 7-foot long hammerhead shark was located on the surface in glassy and sunny conditions as we traveled back to Santa Barbara from the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.  Additional sightings included 3 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales, ...

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A fin whale joins the humpbacks and dolphins. http://condorexpress.com/fin-whale-joins-humpbacks-dolphins/ http://condorexpress.com/fin-whale-joins-humpbacks-dolphins/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:33:44 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10466 Wednesday, August 17, 2016 –  A fin whale, five humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins rounded out the “closely watched” sightings report for today.  Luckily, sea and wind conditions had diminished quite a bit as compared to yesterday.  Here are the details: The first encounter began west of the East Channel Buoy.  Hundreds of dolphins located the ...

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Minke Whales Pair and more http://condorexpress.com/minke-whales-pair/ http://condorexpress.com/minke-whales-pair/#respond Wed, 17 Aug 2016 02:55:44 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10463 Tuesday, August 16, 2016 –  A light breeze with a heavy chop on the water soon increased to a bit more than a breeze and a wilder ride to the west-central region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  When the winds picked up the stratus blew away, as it usually does, so we had a mostly sunny excursion.  Captain Dave reduced ...

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