Large adult humpback whale is shown breaching in the Santa Barbara Channel today.

Lots of action, plus Life and death in the Channel

2019 08-14 SB Channel 9 humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  Skies had a thick stratus layer until we found some sunny sucker holes towards the middle of the trip. Seas were calm and frequently silky smooth. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran south and into the northbound commercial shipping lanes before …

This adult humpback whale came up from beneath a nice anchovy bait ball and surface lunge-fed very close to the Condor Express today. Whoa!

9 Humpbacks with plenty of action…dolphins too!

2019 08-13 SB Channel Sightings today included: 9+ humpback whales and 2000+ long-beaked common dolphins.  We saw plenty of sooty shearwaters, a few common murres, an abundance of brown pelicans and gulls.  Skies had a thick stratus layer until we reached “the hot spot,” where it was bright warm sun and glassy seas. As is often the case, the total …

Here is just one tail swipe, a bit sideways, of the many surface behaviors we saw today from this juvenile humpback whale.

Spectacular behaviors from juv humpback! Amazing!

2019 08-11 SB Channel It was sunny all day again today.  A light bump from the west was detectable when the boat was heading into it, but Captain Colton quickly reversed course and we had a smooth ride the rest of the day.  Sightings today included: 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales.  But it was “quality over quantity” …

A monster (probably adult female) humpback whale throws its tail in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Risso’s, commons and humpbacks…including a tail-throwing monster.

2019 08-10 SB Channel  Hallelujah…clear sunny skies and calm seas prevailed today. One could see Santa Cruz Island in the morning. The wind did fill-in a little bit in the afternoon but otherwise it was a gorgeous day for watching wildlife. Today we encountered 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales, and 6 Risso’s dolphins. Captain Dave took the Condor …

Captain Colton leaned over the side and snapped this nice photo of Scarlet as the whale was in the process of mugging us.

Sunny skies with loads of dolphins and humbacks

2019 08-09 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 1000 short-beaked common dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 5 humpback whales.  Skies started out with patchy fog, but were mostly sunny all day for a change. Things got under way near Habitat where small patches of long-beaked common dolphins located the boat and would continue watching us all day long. …

Come Aboard for Our Hawaiian​ Cruise 2019

Enjoy the best in Hawaiian music and entertainment with Joanie Collins & Sione Vainuku. They will perform aboard the Condor Express with Tom Towle on bass and Ata delighting you with her lovely hula hands, under an almost full moon. In true Hawaiian style, all Wahine (lady) passengers will receive a complimentary Lei. Great Pupus (appetizers) are included, on the …

Ship’s track show fog- induced wildlife locating strategy. Image from MarineTraffic.com

Fog fog fog whales fog fog dolphins fog

2018 08-08 SB Channel  Fog once again. Captain Dave and the crew found 4 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins…despite the conditions. The crew used a different strategy today, as you can see by the ship tracks shown in the attached image. We went out in the fog found dolphins and birds and then worked that area back-and-forth until whales …

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

A single feeding humpback and 1500 dolphins…in the fog.

2019 08-07 SB Channel A single juvenile humpback whale and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins were watched today, mostly occurring inside “sucker holes.”  Regular readers may recall that small pockets of improved visibility, some with sunshine, may develop under dense ground fog conditions.  In Alaska, the local fishermen call them “sucker holes.”  Apparently, one is a sucker if one believes the …

Here's a photo of our pal Scarlet getting very friendly a couple of years ago. Some things never change!

Crew generates great sightings on another foggy day!

2019 08-06 SB Channel The crew of the Condor Express battled dense, down-to-the-deck, fog all day and yet they were victorious in their quest for wildlife. There was little to no wind, but that pernicious little bump from the west continued from earlier this week. Sightings included: 2000 long-beaked common dolphins in the fog, and 3 humpback whales in the …