Clear water, overcast skies and a friendly humpback whale!

Mild fog doesn’t deter great sightings!

2019 07-15 SB Channel  There was a mixture of overcast skies and dense fog in the Channel today. Once again, the crew with their sharp fog-penetrating eyesight brought us marvelous looks at wildlife. Total sightings for the trip included 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 6 humpback whales. The water was clear and there was plenty of bait. …

A humpback breaches in the Santa Barbara Channel!

More than 14 humpbacks and 2,500+ dolphins!

2019 07-14 SB Channel  Skies were lightly overcast today but the good news… no fog. Captain Colton and the crew had a mega day for whales and dolphins. He reported 14+ humpback whales, 200 California sea lions, and over 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. This is a record-breaking time of year! Dolphins were around all day. There were large pods in the …

Humpbacks and dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel

Talented crew turns in exceptional performance for good sightings.

2019 07-13 SB Channel  Captain Dave and the crew found overcast and foggy conditions in the channel today. There was a moderate bump on the water from the west as well. Nonetheless, and I don’t know how he does it, sightings included 5 humpback whales, and 800 long-beaked common dolphins. Dave took a course towards the middle of the channel where …

Humpback tail throw in the Santa Barbara Channel

8 Humpbacks, 2000 dolphins closely watched

2019 07-12 SB Channel  Captain Colton and the crew found patchy fog that came and went throughout the morning portion of the trip. In between times visibility was quite satisfactory. Sightings today were fantastic. Closely watched numbers included eight humpback whales, and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. As has been the case lately, the dolphins were everywhere we went in the channel …

Broadway Musical Cruise 2019

Come aboard and enjoy the best of Broadway on a smooth Saturday evening coastal cruise aboard the Condor Express. Our on deck performers Deborah Bertling and Carol Ann Manzi will be performing duets and solos while accompanied by pianist Tim Accurso. Broadway musical selections may include the best of West Side Story, the Rossini Cat Duet and I Love Paris …

A friendly humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

Whale gargling? …more rare humpback behaviors.

2019 07-11 SB Channel  The skies were sunny and bright very soon after the Condor Express left the docks this morning. Captain Colton and the crew reported 4 humpback whales, and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Colton ran to the south east in search of whales near the oil rigs. While no whales were in that area,  there were plenty of dolphins …

“Pec-slappin’” (pectoral flipper-slapping) humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

Hotspot yields mega quantities of wildlife

2019 07-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew found dense fog for most of the morning. Luckily the sun broke through and it stayed nice starting around noon. Seas were calm and the wildlife was spectacular. Closely watched individuals included 11 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 California sea lions, and one ocean sunfish (Mola mola). Dave took a course …

Humpback kelping.

Humpback kelping, and more!

2019 07-09 SB Channel  The marine layer burned off and it became sunny and stayed that way all day. Seas were very calm. Sightings for the day included 4 humpback whales, 5 bottlenose dolphins and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Near the harbor entrance, we followed five bottlenose dolphins into the East Beach anchorage. There were two mothers with their calves, and a single …

Scarlet.

Humpbacks, dolphins, and Scarlet!

2019 07-08 SB Channel  Seas were very calm for the most part today, with only a little bit of chop as we approached the West End of Santa Cruz Island. Skies were covered with a high stratus layer. Captain Dave and the crew traversed the entire channel, and sightings included: 3 humpback whales, and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Dolphins were found …