A humpback, dolphin, seabird and California sea lion hot spot.

Whales and some notes regarding surfing dolphins

2018 08-20 SB Channel Once again the west end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island was producing whales and dolphins today.  Captain Tasha and her crew located and closely watched 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin marine layer, a long period (slow-rolling) swell, and just a trace of wind. The whales were seen several miles …

A humpback whale with its white pectoral flippers shining beneath the surface.

Three humpback whales, loads of dolphins and a sunfish.

2018 08-18 SB Channel Superior weather and sea conditions made it ideal for locating and watching wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  This resulted in 3 humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) being closely observed. There were two prime activity zones or hotspots today.  One was located 7 miles north of the world-famous …

A friendly Minke whale.

2018 08-17 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the condor express ran across the channel and located activity about 6 miles north of Santa Cruz Island today. Total sightings included 4 humpback whales, one Minke whale, and 1800 long-beaked common dolphins. Blue, clear water, calm seas and sunny skies prevailed. As reported earlier this week, the dolphins were …

Dolphins watch their fans, and their fans watch them.

Again, thousands of dolphins are seen as well as a humpback whale.

2018 08-16 SB Channel Captain Colton reports a great day with clear skies and glassy surface conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  He and his crew saw a total of 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 humpback whale. The first group of dolphins located the Condor Express outside the harbor, and the dolphins continued all day, everywhere we went. All …

A humpback whale is shown with a pile of drifting giant kelp on its head and a behavior called "Kelping."

Kelping humpbacks and over 3 thousand dolphins

2018 08-15 SB Channel The action today took place north of the famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island and just south of The Lanes.  Sightings included 2 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 2 Mola mola (ocean sunfish).  It was sunny all day with a light afternoon breeze. The first whale was a large adult specimen that was …

Part of a nursery pod of dolphins showing a mother and calf.

Humpbacks on the rise along with thousands of dolphins

2018 08-14 SB Channel Today’s sightings: 5 humpback whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and his crew reported ideal sea conditions and sunny skies for the entire excursion.  The ship’s track ran from Santa Barbara Harbor to Santa Rosa Island, and large dolphin pods were found throughout.  Humpbacks are on the rise and thousands of dolphins are in …

An ocean sunfish or Mola mola

Multiple whales and thousands of dolphins

2018 08-13 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her team located and closely watched 3+ humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and picked-up 5 Mylar balloons.  It was a great day on the water. The action began where we left off yesterday: south of The Lanes and adjacent to the western end of Santa Cruz Island.  …

Humpback tail throw...similar to what we saw today.

Calm seas. Two humpback encounters and oh, so many dolphins!

2018 08-12 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express crossed the Santa Barbara Channel in search of wildlife and located 2 humpback whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Although there was a lite overcast layer at first, it dissipated quickly and the rest of the day was sunny, warm and with calm seas. Although there was …

Breaching humpback whale.

Single humpback pulls a surprise breach.

2018 08-11 SB Channel It was sunny and calm all day as the Condor Express ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up working a productive region between Fraser Point, Santa Cruz Island and Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island. Sightings for the day include 1 humpback whale and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and his crew report seeing …