Sunny skies, humpbacks and dolphins.

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Mother humpback with her calf in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-14 SB Channel Skies were sunny all day today. There was a slight wind as we left Santa Barbara Harbor and this turned a more intense wind as we neared the southern channel region. Sightings included 2 humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave maintained a moderate speed and stayed on a course for the western Santa … Read More

Humpbacks wow their fans. Dolphins and more dolphins share the stage.

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A humpback whale throws its mighty tail in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-13 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew combed the Channel from Santa Barbara Harbor to Santa Cruz Island in moderately bumpy seas. Skies started out foggy and cleared to bright sun near the island. Sightings were fabulous: 6 humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 150 California sea lions. One hour after departing the … Read More

1st giant of the summer, friendly humpbacks and record-setting dolphin numbers.

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A small segment of a common dolphin stampede in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-12 SB Channel With sunny skies all day, a glassy ocean surface and blue water Captain Colton and the crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel as they searched and recorded some amazing wildlife sightings today. Totals for the trip: 10,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales and 1 giant blue whale. This is the largest number of dolphins ever … Read More

A beautiful trip up the coast pays dividends with marvelous mammal sightings.

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A mother humpback with her (rather large) calf in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-11 SB Coast –West The sun shone brightly all day. The coastal sea conditions were good, but not far offshore a prominent wind line warned Captain Dave and his crew to search the coastal realm for marine life. He took the Condor Express west, past Goleta, and into the offshore Gaviota waters. Sightings included 2 humpback whales, 200 offshore … Read More

Two really exciting humpback whales and two species of dolphins.

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A highly animated humpback whale is shown in the act of rolling around while slapping its long pectoral flippers on the ocean surface. Both fins are in the air at the same time.

2021 06-08 SB Channel Crewman Devin demonstrated his visual acuity by finding a breaching whale at a super human distance. The second whale was similarly located by Captain Colton who refused to be out-done. Seas were nice, skies were sunny, and a light breeze kept the air fresh. Totals for the day included 2 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, … Read More

Gray whales, humpback whales and plenty of dolphins seen on special day off the Gaviota coast.

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A mother gray whale with her calf in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-07 SB Coast – West Captain Colton and the crew took advantage of the magnificent sea conditions along the north side of the Channel today and ran at least 35 nautical miles to the west of Santa Barbara Harbor in search of wildlife. Sightings included: 6+ humpback whales, 2 gray whales, 4000 long-beaked common dolphins and 100 California sea … Read More

It was spouty in the Channel, with lots of dolphins.

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2021 06-06 SB Channel Although many spouts were seen, we closely watched 1+ humpback whale, 4000 long-beaked common dolphins, 250 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 200 California sea lions. Skies had the same high stratus and the glassy surface had a gentle ripples if you looked closely. Captain Colton and the crew transected the Channel and searched along the north side … Read More

Calm seas, lots of dolphins and 5 nice humpback whales.

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The beautiful west end of Santa Cruz Island, northwest. Fraser Point is in the foreground.

2021 06-05 SB Channel It was another glassy  day in the Channel with wonderful marine mammal sightings. A high stratus layer kept temperatures moderate and comfy. Captain Dave and the crew crossed the Channel and closely watched: 5 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins and 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins. The crew also retrieved 3 “Happy Graduation” Mylar balloons from the … Read More

Dolphins plus 9 humpback whales; 2 of the largest whales mugged the Condor Express!

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Humpback whales "mug" the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-04 SB Channel Nine humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins and 20 offshore bottlenose dolphins were closely watched today. Captain Dave traversed the Channel under a high, thin stratus layer. Seas were extremely calm, again. Our first whale encounter took place after we had a nice look at a few scattered dolphins. While enjoying this whale’s company, a large … Read More

More glassy seas. More whale and dolphin fun.

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A high-flying offshore bottlenose dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 06-03 SB Channel It was yet another spectacular flat and glassy ocean surface with clear, blue water at Santa Cruz Island. A high stratus layer kept us from getting too hot. Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 5 humpback whales, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 100 long-beaked common dolphins. Moving southwest across the Santa Barbara Chanel from the … Read More