Friendly humpback whale.

Encounters with humpbacks and dolphins.

2019 05-19 SB Coast The morning rain miraculously stopped at the moment the Condor Express pulled away from the docks and headed into the Santa Barbara Channel.  Although skies remained mostly cloudy, seas were calm and sightings were delightful.  Today’s counts include 6 humpback whales and 1000+ long-beaked common dolphins. We found the first whale with an entourage of several …

A "whitey-pects" humpback whale. (Little spots all around are Velella)

6 Humpbacks and dolphins abound.

2019 05-18 SB Channel Although closed to the public due to a private charter, many Condor Express fans may like to know what’s going on “out there.”  So here is the report.  Skies were overcast all day.  Sightings were great.  Totals for the day included: 6+ humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins, and over 100 California sea lions. A major, …

Humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel

Hot action in the Channel – over a dozen humpbacks and more!

2019 05-15 SB Channel A high stratus cloud layer did not deter the wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel from finding the Condor Express today.  13 humpback whales, 50 long-beaked common dolphins, 40 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 200+ California sea lions were watched closely today. The Channel was teeming with life! About 5 miles southwest of Goleta our first 3 …

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It’s been 50 years of fun and excitement since the Sea Landing Dock was built in Santa Barbara. Condor Express Whale Watching, known globally, shines as a world star in the Santa Barbara Channel. To celebrate this occasion we are offering a 30% discount on all whale watching trips taken May 13 – 27, 2019. This is our full Channel …

Photo by Capt Dave Beezer. A juvenile humpback pays a friendly visit to the Condor Express.

5 humpbacks. 2 of them were very entertaining juveniles.

2019 05-14 SB Channel The Channel was cool under a thick marine stratus layer.  Seas were calm.  The Condor Express ran across the entire Channel and watched all of the marine life along the way.  Totals for the day included 5 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions. We located our initial 2 humpbacks south of The Lanes.  There was …

Transient (Bigg's) killer whales seen in the Santa Barbara Channel.

New offshore season yields humpbacks, killer whales, a Minke and a blue shark.

2019 05-13 SB Channel Today we put the coast of Santa Barbara behind us and took off on our first 4½ hour “Island Whale Watch” of the new season! (Of course, since whales are our first priority, we may or may not actually go to the islands, depending upon where the whales are.)  Seas were very calm again today and …

A Mola mola is seen swimming towards the camera and its prey species, Velella velella.

“Rope” and her friend, lots of dolphins and a Mola eats Velella.

2019 05-12 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew took the Condor Express on two adventures into the Channel and Santa Barbara coastal environment. The first left at 9a, the second at 12n.  Skies were overcast in the morning and sunny in the afternoon.  Seas were glassy and calm.  Totals for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common …

Mother humpback whale and her calf in the Santa Barbara Channel

Great looks at a Mother humpback and her calf to kick off Mother’s Day weekend!

2019 05-10  SB Channel  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran a single trip that left Santa Barbara Harbor at 12 noon. The sea was absolutely flat calm and mirror glass all day. This was contrasted by stormy clouds that included thunder and lightning overhead. Despite this unusual mix, the sightings were good: to humpback whales and 300 …

California sea lions are often associated with humpback whales. Often it looks like they are "playing with the whales." (And sometimes the whales seem to get agitated by their presence).

4 humpbacks, loads of sea lions, thousands of dolphins, and an infinite number of Velella

2019 05-09 SB Coast It was mirror glassy calm with a low marine stratus layer all day as the Condor Express took off into the Channel twice, once a 9a and again at 12n.  Sightings for the day included:  Velella velella =  ∞ , California sea lions = 150, humpback whales = 4 and at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins. …