Three members of the largest whale species in the world…dolphins too!

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Blue whale tail flukes in the Santa Barbara Channel. Image: Robert Perry

2020 06-27 SB Channel – East Dense fog during the first leg of the excursion gave way to sunny skies on the way back home. Again, our lucky streak with mirror-like surface conditions persisted today. Sightings today included 1 giant blue whale, 2 fin whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. The dolphins first located the Condor Express when we were … Read More

Calm seas again! Blue and fin whales, thousands of dolphins!

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Tail flukes of a giant blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 06-26 SB Channel – East Flat and glassy seas prevailed for the 3rd consecutive day and enhanced the wonderful mammal observations (and general seascapes, selfie backgrounds, etc.).  Today we closely watched 2 fin whales, 1 giant blue whale and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. Dolphins were abundant all day, starting just past the Summerland oil platforms which we passed on … Read More

3+ blue whales, 1+ fin whale and 3,000 dolphins

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A giant blue whale tail fluke in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 06-24 SB Channel – East Skies were overcast on the way out in the morning and sunny on the way back home in the afternoon. The ocean surface was mill pond flat glass all day. Sightings included 3+ giant blue whales, 1+ fin whale and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Large pods of common dolphins located the Condor Express starting … Read More

Cetaceans: As good as it gets and mirror glass water, too!

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A very stocky, giant blue whale flukes-up during a terminal dive in the Santa Barbara Channel. Similar to our observations today.

2020 6-21 SB Channel Happy Father’s Day! Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express reported super conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today. Although there was a marine stratus layer (so typical of June), the surface of the ocean was mill pond flat glass. Sightings included: 1 fin whale, 4 blue whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. Although … Read More

Plenty of blue whales, a humpback, a fin and a megapod of dolphins!

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Blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 06-20 SB Channel Happy Summer Solstice Day! It was surely a typical summer day in the Channel. Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express across the entire Channel, to the southwest and back. Sightings today included: 1 humpback whale, 1 fin whale, 4 giant blue whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. The only humpback of the excursion … Read More

5 blue whales, 1 fin whale plus bottlenose & common dolphins

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Two giant blue whales with Santa Rosa Island in back. Similar to our observations today.

2020 06-19 SB Channel Hooray! Today we resumed our normal summer excursion schedule with trips running daily from 10am to 230pm. Our run across the Santa Barbara Channel towards the western end of Santa Cruz Island, then eastward paralleling the shores of Santa Rosa Island, was very productive. Sightings for the day included: 5 giant blue whales, 1 large fin … Read More

Another day, another giant blue whale, and 2 kinds of dolphins!

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Giant blue whale rain storm in the Santa Barbara Channel today. So much fun to see these beautiful beasts!

2020 06-15 SB Channel Although you’d never guess we only ran a single noon trip for 2.5 hours by looking at our sightings, it was indeed a short trip full of action. Sightings included: 1 giant blue whale, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 1200 long-beaked common dolphins. In addition, there were numerous flocks of 100 or so sooty shearwaters around, … Read More