3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity

3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity Again the calm seas and excellent weather made whale finding and whale watching a dream come true.  Today the Condor Express located and watched three individual gray whales:  one mid-Channel, one on the west end of Santa Cruz Island, and the third a bit east of the famous Painted Cave. In addition to …

gray whale mating

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 …

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 …

Humpback whales, common dolphins and a bald eagle.

5 humpback whales 3,000+ common dolphins 1 bald eagle Captain Mat reports ideal conditions, with sunny and calm seas. Mat’s keen eyes and whale sense prevailed againg today. The humpback sightings were nice and one breached for the fans. The common dolphins were observed all day long throughout the Channel, and the bald eagle was on Santa Cruz Island. best …

Another epic day of Southern California Whale Watching

Eight humpback whales with lots more in two areas surveyed on an epic day for Southern California Whale Watching. Several distant breaches and some tail lobbing was observed. We approached one humpback whale from a distance as it continually slapped its mighty pectoral fin on the water for many minutes. Others were working areas of obviously high productivity as indicated …