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Calm seas result in gray whale mating.

Calm seas result in gray whales mating. The  trip across the Santa Barbara Channel was smooth as silk today and we were lucky today to see gray whale mating.  A few seabirds such as phalaropes and shearwaters were observed mostly resting on the surface.  Later a northern fulmar sitting on the glassy surface would approach the Condor Express as we …

Gray whale migration still on the move plus common dolphins run amok!

The latest on the gray whale migration. Three gray whales were observed in the gray whale migration back to their feeding grounds in Alaska today, but the real fun was the dolphin show. Approximately 1500 common dolphins were seen engaged in feeding behavior which included leaping, jumping, slashing upside down through the water and driving the little bait fish crazy. …

Another big day for gray whales

Captain Dave reports from the Condor that all 3 trips (9a, 12n, 3p) ran and had great looks at cetaceans. In all 15 gray whales were closely observed. Also 20 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 100 common dolphins were seen. As with yesterday’s adventure, on two trips we had breaching gray whales…on the 3pm trip the breaching gray must have gotten …

Condor Experss Whale Watching Trips Suspended Due To Wheelhouse Fire

An osprey, perched atop a nearby masthead, keeps a watchful eye on the Condor Express clean up operations today. http://www.condorexpressphotos.com/Other/2013-03-10-SB-Harbor A tourist passer-by, who happened to be an off duty San Francisco firefighter, saw the blaze and smoke and grabbed a fire hose from Sea Landing and put out most of the fire before the Harbor Patrol and SB City …

Southern California Whale Watching – Gray whales goin’ back home northwards..

Southern California Whale Watching Capt Dave had 3 nice gray whales today under ideal summer-like conditions. Great looks were had by all as Dave and crew kept the whales at a safe distance alongside the Condor Express, matching their speed. Wow. What a great week this has been for wonderful weather. Hot, sunny, clear and lots of mammals to enjoy. …

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Santa Barbara Channel Offering Spectacular Fall conditions for whale wathcing

Santa Barbara Channel Offering Spectacular Fall Conditions A gorgeous sunny and sparkling day out in the Santa Barbara Channel. Our first sightings were three humpback whales no more than 4 miles from Santa Barbara Harbor. One was our pal, “Rope.” These 3 whales stayed on the surface and watching them alongside the Condor Express in crystal clear, blue water was …