Pelagic red crab

Pelagic Red Crabs and more

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 …

July 26, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

The sea surface remained mill pond glassy until late in the trip when we encountered a mild sea breeze along the northern face of beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were filled with thin stratus patches and by noon they had dissipated so the bright warm sun bathed the Condor Express and all the wildlife too.  Speaking of wildlife, our trip …

Blue Whales Galore

  2016 06-02 SB Channel Although the June stratus was thicker and the breeze a bit stronger, there were even more beasts devouring krill on the surface today all along The Ledge.   There were at least a dozen blue whales and another dozen humpback whales surface lunge-feeding all over the zone.  It was NatGeo all day long. The first mammals …

Red Crabs inside the Cave

  2016 05-11 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew found abundant pelagic red crabs inside the world-famous Painted Cave.  And if this was not enough, the trip today also racked-up a whopping 7 humpback whale sightings, 250 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Mola mola and 10 or so Risso’s dolpins.  Skies featured the typical Spring low clouds and gloom, but …

Hot Spot Attracts Whales

  2015 09-03 SB Channel We spent the better part of an hour trailing 4 humpback whales (we saw 18 total today, with more in the distance) as they migrated west at a pretty fast clip. Tail flukes were sparse and footprints were abundant. Captain Dave decided to head south towards more productive areas (hopefully) and Santa Cruz Island. At …