A humpback throws its mighty tail!

A sea lion mob and a half dozen humpbacks

2019 06-04 SB Channel Although the ocean surface was as flat as a mill pond, the stratus layer did come down a little bit today and made visibility spotty. Sightings for the day included six humpback whales and over 100 California sea lions. Captain Dave took the Condor Express across the Channel and got things started right away with a great …

Thousands of tiny silver anchovies are seen leaping away from on-coming humpback whale jaws. It was spectacular.

11+ whales. We see lunging and get mugged. Dolphins too!

2019 06-02 SB Channel Once again the prevailing marine stratus layer signaled near zero winds and very glassy seas all day in our region of the Channel.  Sightings were amazing with 11+ humpback whales, and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins being closely watched. Our initial track was to the southeast where we were located by a large pod of at least …

Mako shark !

Thousands of dolphins, 12+ humpback whales and a surprise Mako shark!

2019 06-01 SB Channel On an ocean surface that was glassy smooth, the Condor Express ran across the Channel, visited Santa Cruz Island, and found wildlife everywhere!  Totals for the day included: 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 12+ humpback whales and 1 Mako shark. We were not yet 4 miles out from Santa Barbara Harbor when multiple groups of dolphins, with …

Humpback feeding on the surface!

Lots of humpbacks, loads of dolphins

2019 05-29 SB Channel  Sunny skies, calm seas, and great sightings! Totals for the day included 7+ humpback whales, and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. There were many more whales in the area that we did not have time to visit. Once again the Santa Barbara Channel was rich with feeding humpbacks. Things got started right away just south of Campus Point …

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale.

Again! Humpback mother lode!

2019 05-28 SB Channel Sunny skies and light winds prevailed in the Channel today.  Captain Dave and his crew headed south to the mid-Channel region southwest of Platform Habitat.  Sightings were phenomenal again today with10+ humpback whales and 400 long-beaked common dolphins watched closely. Northern anchovy bait balls were spotted all over the surface today.  Many were under attack by …

Humpback whale mother lode!

Day 2 – Humpback mother lode!

2019 05-26 SB Channel If you read yesterday’s report which was entitled “Humpback Mother Lode,” you will recognize many similarities with today’s story.  Captain Dave took command and headed to an area a few miles east of yesterday’s hot zone. His total sightings for the day included 12+ humpback whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins, and 40 California sea lions.  Seas …

Common dolphins in the clear, blue water of the Santa Barbara Channel

A trip to the far western Channel

2019 05-24 SB Channel – West Conditions were good and Captain Dave headed up to the far west in search of wildlife.  Total sightings included 1 humpback whale and 800 long-beaked common dolphins. Along the westerly route a pod of several hundred dolphins located the Condor Express about 3 miles south of UCSB.  A second, slightly larger, group was watched …

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Hurry! Just a few days left – Ends May 27 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 …