Sunny skies, calm seas and tons of fun in the “land of the giants”

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...in the land of the giants!

2020 08-14 Santa Rosa Island Blue skies, blue water, blue whales and more… Skies were sunny all day and seas were calm.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express returned to the “land of the giants” north of Santa Rosa Island again. Sightings included: 7+ giant blue whales, 1 hybrid fin/blue whale, 1000 short-beaked common dolphins and 600 … Read More

Massive amounts of cetaceans includes 5½ different species.

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A leaping offshore bottlenose dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel, similar to one of the many species of cetaceans seen today.

2020 08-13 Santa Rosa Island The leading edge of a subtropical storm (near Cabo San Lucas) brought wonderful warm blue skies dappled with those small puffs of clouds that made you feel like you were visiting Hawaii.  Seas were mill pond flat and glassy. Wonderful close looks for today included: 12+ giant blue whales, 1 hybrid fin/blue whales, 800 short-beaked … Read More

Large blue whale aggregation persists !

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The flanks and tiny dorsal fin of a giant blue whale passing close to the Condor Express.

2020 08-12 Santa Rosa Island The large aggregation of blue whales persists! Captain Dave and his crew headed across the Santa Barbara Channel to the western portion of Santa Rosa Island to the same area where the giant blue whales were watched in great abundance yesterday. Despite conditions changing to feature fog and a bit of swell near the islands, … Read More

30+ GIANT BLUE WHALES!

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A friendly giant Blue whale surfaces near the Condor Express for a great close-up encounter.

2020 08-11 Santa Rosa Island “Blues festival” in full gear: 30 giant blues watched. Captain Dave ran straight across the Santa Barbara Channel and took advantage of calm sea conditions to explore the land of the giants near beautiful Santa Rosa Island. The following report includes closely-watched encounters:  30+ giant blue whales, 1 fin whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

Blue whale bonanza! (…and more)

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There is nothing quite as refreshing as a nice, cool waterfall on a sunny summer day in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 08-09 SB Channel – Southwest The world’s largest gluttons gathered near beautiful Santa Rosa Island for yet another day of sub-surface feasting. Skies were clear and sunny most of the day, and seas were flat and calm. The calm water coupled with sunlight on the banquet grounds made for wonderful viewing of 2 different species of giant whales and … Read More

TONS of blues, a humpback and 3 species of dolphins.

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A special blue whale with injured tail photographed by Capt Beezer with his iPhone.

2020-08-08 SB Channel Southwest An Epic Adventure – Santa Rosa Island ! Skies became sunny soon after we rounded the harbor entrance buoy and said goodbye to all the California sea lions.  Once we were 4 or 5 miles out the moderately lumpy nearshore sea conditions completely flattened out. It was an epic adventure to Santa Rosa Island and the … Read More

Our summer blues festival continues!

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The "blue streak" from whence the giant blue whale gets its name. In clear water, when the giants are just below the surface, this bright blue glowing streak is easy to follow and yields tons of whale watching joy.

2020 08-06 SB Channel Summer blues festival is tons of fun! The high marine layer stratus was with us most of the day today except out in the land of the giants near the western end of Santa Cruz Island. The cetacean hotspot featured blue skies, blue water and blue whales. Sightings included 6+ giant blue whales, 1500 long-beaked common … Read More

“Land of the giants” continues to yield tons of fun.

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Blue water. Blue whale.

2020 08-05 SB Channel The fun continues in “the land of the giants.” The gray skies of the morning marine layer burned off around 1130am and brought bright sunny skies and moderate winds to the southern half of the Santa Barbara Channel. Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 10+ giant blue whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 short-beaked … Read More

Blue whales everywhere we looked near Santa Cruz Island. Bottlenose AND common dolphins also watched.

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Many tall spouts and whitewater patches from an abundance of giant blue whales in the Santa Barbara Channel. Oh, yeah!

2020 08-04 SB Channel Captain Dave returned to the land of the giants that I wrote about in yesterday’s whale report. This big hotspot is located south of The Lanes and off the western end of Santa Cruz Island…near the Painted Cave. Sightings today included: 15+ giant blue whales, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 800 long-beaked common dolphins. Skies had … Read More