An elephant seal on the open ocean.

An elephant seal, loads of whales, thousands of dolphins

2018 10-14 SB Channel Our adventure ran across the Santa Barbara Channel, stopping for wildlife, and ended up with a tour of the Santa Cruz Island sea cliffs.  It was drop-dead gorgeous with bright sun and calm seas.  Our sightings for the day included 9 humpback whales (more in the area), 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 400 short-beaked common dolphins and …

It's fun when all the life gets together.

Lots of whales and dolphins on a drop-dead gorgeous day

2018 10-14 SB Channel It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day with flat, calm seas and abundant wildlife.  Sightings today included 6 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express concentrated their efforts on a productive region between the mid-Channel NOAA buoy and a nice spot south of The Lanes. One whale …

Breaching female humpback whale.

Mother and calf breach simultaneously many times in a row.

2018 10-12 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran a late-departure private whale watch charter cruise today. Given the late departure, the afternoon breeze was just starting to pick up a bit, but it was otherwise a gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel.  All of the action took place within 5 miles of Santa Barbara Harbor.  Sightings included:  …

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea …

A mob of sea lions gathers on the surface above feeding humpback whales below

A nice trip to Santa Rosa Island results in great whale sightings

2018 10-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew ran across the entire Santa Barbara Channel to locate wildlife today.  Skies were covered by a high cloud layer, but seas were flat and calm.  Totals included 6 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 75 California sea lions. On our trip out several large pods of dolphins located the Condor …

Mother humpback and her calf.

Another sunny day with whales and dolphins.

2018 10-07 SB Channel Today brought us close looks at 3 humpback whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was a sunny day with a little bump on the water from the western Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Tasha and her crew kept the search pattern mostly in the northern half of the Channel. Dolphins located the Condor Express when it …

Humpback and dolphins.

Humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions on a sunny day in the Channel.

2018 10-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express searched the Santa Barbara Channel and came up with a great trip full of wonderful sightings.  1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions were closely watched today.  The day was sunny but included a moderate bump and swell. The first groups of …

A Risso's dolphin breached repeatedly today.

Humpbacks, commons and Risso’s today.

2018 10-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located 3 different species of cetaceans today and had great look at them all.  In addition to 2 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 Risso’s dolphins were also closely watched.  Seas were calm, skies were mostly clear.  This was a private charter cruise for cruise …

Captain Dave snapped this photo of the friendly killer whales today with his iPhone.

Humpbacks, dolphins and…..ORCAs !

2018 09-29 SB Channel The ocean conditions were sunny and calm, perfect for locating and watching 5 killer whales, 5 humpback whales, 1 blue shark and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. All of the action took place on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel. The killer whales were located about 4 miles off UCSB.  There was 1 big male …