Large numbers of humpback whales and 2 species of dolphins.

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A tracing of our course today from Santa Barbara Harbor to the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, and back. Courtesy of

2020 11-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reported calm seas, as faint breeze, sunny skies and wonderful cetacean interactions on a trip across the Santa Barbara Channel that reached the world-famous Painted Cave. Sighting included 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 8+ humpback whales. About 6 miles offshore and west of the NOAA buoy a mega-pod of nearly … Read More

Stunning fall conditions and 5 different cetacean species!

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Blue sky, blue ocean, blue islands and a blue whale among 4 other species.

2020 11-11 SB Channel There was cool fall weather, clear skies, no wind and unlimited vistas to behold in the Santa Barbara Channel today. The water was also very blue and clear. A small bump from overnight winds to the northwest didn’t do much to deter our locating and closely watching: 3+ humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 1 giant blue … Read More

Surrounded by active humpback whales again!

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A large, adult humpback whale breaches in the Santa Barbara Channel !

2020 11-05 SB Channel Warm weather (perhaps the last of it for a while), and flat calm seas created optimum cetacean conditions. Captain Dave and his crew wasted no time surrounding the Condor Express with whales and dolphins resulting in optimum sightings today. Closely watched animals included 10+ humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. On a positive note, the … Read More

Humpback numbers still good, dolphins too!

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A pectoral fin-slapping humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

2020 11-04 SB Channel The crew of the Condor Express experienced dense fog all morning as they took a straight course from Santa Barbara harbor to The Cave (Santa Cruz Island). Skies then cleared enough for good looks at 8+ humpback whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Common dolphins were seen in the mist on our southward course to The … Read More

Tons of humpbacks, a Minke and a fin whale. Dolphins too!

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A fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel, similar to what was seen today!

2020 11-01 SB Channel Seas were calm and the sky had plenty of sunshine coming through in between some high stratus. Captain Dave and his crew made a trip up the coast to the west. A bit later he turned south to the west end of Santa Cruz Island. Sightings were phenomenal with 8+ humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 1 … Read More

Scads of dolphins, a giant blue whale and humpbacks too!

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A friendly humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 10-29 SB Channel Captain Dave described it as a “bluebird day.” This means that the seas were calm and flat plus the skies were sunny and blue. By the way, the water was also very clear and blue. Totals for the trip included 6 humpback whales, 1 giant blue whale, and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. The humpback whales were … Read More

Blue whale, humpbacks and dolphins

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Our course today courtesy of Yellow and red spots show slow speeds due to cetacean encounters.

2020 10-25 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew found a mix of sunny patches and high stratus clouds covering the zone as we’ve experienced all week. The sea surface had a light chop due to a breeze that came up overnight. Sightings remain phenomenal with 5 humpback whales, 1 blue whale and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. As we moved … Read More

15 humpbacks included lots of animation and aerial activity.

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A "pec-slappin humpie" (translation: pectoral fin slapping humpback whale) in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 10-24 SB Channel Another mirror glass day with a high stratus layer gave a gray cast to the cetacean show. Captain Dave took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel heading towards the western end of Santa Cruz Island. We never moved further south than The Lanes. Total sightings included 15+ humpback whales, 12 coastal bottlenose dolphins and … Read More

This is what I’m talkin’ about!!

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Is there anything more wonderful to see in the ocean than a massive breaching humpback whale?

2020 10-23 SB Channel A high marine layer coupled with glassy water made for a slate gray backdrop for all the dolphin and whale action today. The land of the giants was located within The Lanes and adjacent to the western end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island. Totals included 11+ humpback whales and 3500 long-beaked common dolphins. We are so … Read More