California Whale Watching http://condorexpress.com Your Whale Watching Adventure Awaits! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:42:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 40460865 Mobs of sea lions and much more http://condorexpress.com/mobs-sea-lions-much/ http://condorexpress.com/mobs-sea-lions-much/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:42:50 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10580 It was a gorgeous, flat, calm sunny day for our cruise ship whale watchers. And, boy, did we every have some nice wildlife today on top of the great oceanography.  Captain Dave reports 300 short-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales (see notes below), 700 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 1,500 California sea lions arranged in mega-mobs. The first dolphins did ...

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A blue streak under the surface. http://condorexpress.com/blue-streak-surface/ http://condorexpress.com/blue-streak-surface/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:43:27 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10577 Captain Dave set a course for the southwestern Santa Barbara Channel under sunny skies and hardly any wind.  The ocean surface, however, was a little bumpy due to strong winds in the far western Channel region.  It was a solid whale watching day with over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales and a nice encounter with a blue streak ...

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Common dolphins and tons of other species http://condorexpress.com/common-dolphins-tons-species/ http://condorexpress.com/common-dolphins-tons-species/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:40:51 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10575 Hooray!  No fog.  In fact the Santa Barbara Channel was under the remnants of a fizzled-out tropical Pacific storm “Paine.”  It was fairly calm but a little bit humid.  Sightings for today included 5 humpback whales, 1,800 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 600 or so California sea lions.  This was a private whale watch for cruise ship people that ...

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Another wild wild wildlife day. http://condorexpress.com/another-wild-wild-wildlife-day/ http://condorexpress.com/another-wild-wild-wildlife-day/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:57:37 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10572 Another wild wild wildlife day in the Santa Barbara Channel – September 19, 2016 – with the following total population counts:  Long-beaked common dolphins = 1,825; Short-beaked common dolphins = 1,000; Humpback whale = 1; and, at least 500 California sea lions.  The weather was mostly dense fog with flat calm seas, but the fog broke up as we neared ...

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Update on 9-13 Killer Whale sighting. http://condorexpress.com/update-9-13-killer-whale-sighting/ http://condorexpress.com/update-9-13-killer-whale-sighting/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:09:10 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10568 After processing the images from our exciting orca sighting last Tuesday, Alisa Schulman-Janiger, local cetacean and killer whale researcher, has provided some background information for us.  Alisa believe 3 matrilines were represented in our pod of 10 whales.  This includes CA51, CA138, and CA122C.   She continues:  The two larger males are from CA51 as were 2 others.  Four were ...

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Orca for the second time in 5 days. http://condorexpress.com/orca-second-time-5-days-2/ http://condorexpress.com/orca-second-time-5-days-2/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:43:33 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10566   September 18, 2016 – Limited visibility at times with semi-foggy conditions and flat glass ocean surface created a wonderful backdrop to a day full of cetaceans. Total sightings for the day included at least 5,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale and a pod of 8 Bigg’s killer whales (Orcinus orca).  Captain Eric and his crew were on board ...

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Orca for the second time in 5 days http://condorexpress.com/orca-second-time-5-days/ http://condorexpress.com/orca-second-time-5-days/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:35:35 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10563 September 18, 2016 – Limited visibility at times with semi-foggy conditions and flat glass ocean surface created a wonderful backdrop to a day full of cetaceans. Total sightings for the day included at least 5,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale and a pod of 8 Bigg’s killer whales (Orcinus orca).  Captain Eric and his crew were on board and ...

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Humpback whales with super Fall conditions http://condorexpress.com/humpback-whales-super-fall-conditions/ http://condorexpress.com/humpback-whales-super-fall-conditions/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:36:44 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10561 Oh, my.  Friday, September 16, 2016 – Another great trip with super dooper Fall weather and sea conditions.  Sunny, warm, calm seas and lots of mammals to enjoy.  Totals for the day included 5 humpback whales and 3,500 long-beaked common dolphins. Like yesterday, the dolphins started coming around in groups of 100 or more when we were about 5 miles ...

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Sunfish and lots of cetaceans http://condorexpress.com/sunfish-lots-cetaceans/ http://condorexpress.com/sunfish-lots-cetaceans/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:59:21 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10559 Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Another day with Fall classic weather and sea conditions:  sunny all day with a flat, calm ocean.  Sightings today included 7 humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Captain Dave and his crew set out on a southerly course and found so much friendly marine life they never went past ...

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Risso’s dolphins and more http://condorexpress.com/rissos-dolphins-and-more/ http://condorexpress.com/rissos-dolphins-and-more/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:23:08 +0000 http://condorexpress.com/?p=10556 It was a “Fall Classic” with bright sunny skies all day and very calm seas.  That Santa Barbara Channel cobalt blue color is coming back and permits some nice underwater looks at the species.  Regarding today’s species, 3 humpback whales, 18 Risso’s dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 750 California sea lions.  All the sightings were good and ...

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