Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and lots of Common Dolphins

Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and lots of Common Dolphins pervaded the northeastern Santa Barbara Channel today. Captain Mat ran east, as has been our custom these past weeks, to find calm seas, sunny skies and abundant cetaceans. Our trip today took us out to the “rig line,” that line up of 7 offshore oil platforms you see offshore between Carpenteria …

Minke Whales and Hot Spots in the Santa Barbara Channel

Hot spot hopping in the Santa Barbara Channel. Winds and warnings were up for the west end of the Channel today which kind of dictated Captain Dave’s course. He wisely opted out of beating up the people in heavy seas for the possibility of finding yesterday’s whales up near San Miguel Island. Instead he went “hot spot hopping.” Now this …

Barbara saves the whale watching day !

It isn’t often that anyone can surpass the super-human whale spotting abilities of Captain Mat and Captain Dave, but today was different. We were out on the south side of the Channel whale watching in moderately rough seas along the subsurface island shelf break known as “The Ledge.” Captain Mat was using all his God given talent and training, but …