Spectacular Ocean Vistas, humpback whales and Exceptional Dolphins

Spectacular Ocean Vistas and Exceptional Dolphins The remnants of an equatorial tropical storm brought spectacular oceanic and sky conditions to the Santa Barbara Channel today. It was one of “those days” that was such a sensory overload it was hard to absorb it all. The air was very warm and soft with moisture. The Channel views were enormous – from …

3 Different Dolphin Species, etc AND a nice Mako Shark!

3 Different Dolphin Species, etc AND a nice Make Shark! Although NOAA once again predicted doom and gloom for the western Channel, Captain Mat felt differently in his bones. We ran west in very calm seas and worked the island shelf break from western Santa Cruz Island to the western end of Santa Rosa Island in search of whales. The …

Mako Shark and 5 other species.

It was a special 8-hour whale watch trip today with the American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter, on board. After leaving SEA Landing at 810am, we hadn’t even cleared the breakwater when the call went out. Two bottlenose dolphins playing in the surf near the Sandspit,, moving west along the breakwater. After a nice look at these bottlenose, we headed …

Humpback whale “stepping stones.”

I think I’ll author a journal article entitled “Humpback whales as giant stepping stones to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.” I’ve got a bit more data to collect and of course all that number crunching. But that is how things shaped up out there today. As Captain Dave and the crew pushed offshore, heading south towards Santa Cruz, the Condor …