What a nice way to spend the morning.

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A gray whale is photographed off the coast of beautiful Santa Barbara...similar to sightings we enjoyed today.

2020 03-03 SB Coast A very happy “Super Tuesday” to all you voters and whale lovers.  We ran a single trip today which left the docks at 9am.  Conditions were very good and the marine life was phenomenal.  Sightings included: 6 gray whales, 1 humpback whale and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and his crew encountered the first gray … Read More

Feeding frenzy reveals loads of life

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Humpback surface lunge-feeding on massive anchovy school

2020 03-02 SB Coast  Captain Colton in the crew found a little tiny bit of wind with no swell and sunny skies. The swell calmed down as we moved offshore a little ways. Total sightings for the day included 100 California sea lions, 15 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 2 humpback whales. A pod of bottlenose located the … Read More

2 kinds of whales and 2 kinds of dolphins jump around on Leap Day

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A Pacific white-sided dolphin I photographed in the Santa Barbara Channel a few years ago...similar to our observations today.

2020 02-29 SB Coast Happy Leap Day! Three trips left SEA Landing with good results today. Skies were clear and sunny, seas were nice.  Sightings included 2 humpback whales, 3 Pacific gray whales, 250 Pacific white-sided dolphins and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. The morning trip featured a long visit with two humpbacks.  One was highly animated and breached many times. … Read More

A near record-breaking day for winter coastal sightings!

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Crewman Adam captured this "who is looking at who" image today. Thanks, Adam!

2020 02-27 SB Coast Captain Colton and his crew produced a near record-breaking day for sightings, which included:  15+ humpback whales, 6 Pacific gray whales, 5000 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 blue shark and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola). It was slightly overcast in the morning, but there was zero wind and the sea was mirror glass. … Read More

Kids ocean field trip yields spectacular cetacean sights

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A surface lunge feeding humpback whale

2020 02-26 SB Coast (Charter) This report is from a single trip today that left the dock at 10 AM with a group of eager young students who were participating in a formal marine science/ecology cruise. Although whales and dolphins were not a guaranteed part of the curriculum, nonetheless we had spectacular sightings which must have surely greatly enhanced their education. Sightings included … Read More

Six really nice gray whales on one trip.

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A pair of gray whales similar yo-yo what we saw today.

2020 02-25 SB Coast  We ran a single trip today which left the dock at 12 noon. Sea conditions were spectacular along the coast and made finding and watching the whales quite easy. Our sightings today consisted of six Pacific gray whales. All we’re heading northbound. The whales were traveling in pairs. The first pair was located right off More Mesa and … Read More

2 Gray whales (one breached a lot) plus loads of white-siders!

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Pacific white-sided dolphins today!

2020 02-24 SB Coast  Clear skies, light breezes, and a light chop on the water greeted the crew and passengers of the Condor Express today as we cruised along the coast in search of wildlife. The following species were closely watched: 400 Pacific white-sided dolphins and 2+ Pacific gray whales. A very large herd of dolphins was located. They were spread out and … Read More

Extreme Minke encounter plus grays and dolphins.

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Friendly Minke whale (this one from 2018)

2020 02-23 SB Coast Our coastal waters had a little bit of chop in the early morning hours, but as the day progressed things got calmer and calmer. Sightings for the day included 3 Pacific gray whales, 1  Minke whale, and 100 long-beaked common dolphins. Two trips left the docks today: 9 AMand 12 noon. The single morning whale was located near … Read More

3 Northbound gray whales, including 2 bleachers…plus dolphins.

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While searching for whales, Captain Dave gave us a water-based tour of a local oil and gas platform. This is a gas burn off flame on Platform B.

2020 02-22 SB Coast  Although a few tropical thunderstorms passed through the area in the morning hours, the rest of the day featured mill pond glass conditions with beautiful cloud formations reflected on the surface. Sightings today included three northbound Pacific gray whales and 100 long-beaked common dolphins. Two trips left the docks today: one at 9 AM the other at 12 noon. As … Read More

Humpbacks and common dolphins. Great ocean conditions.

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Humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 02-20 SB Coast Conditions were ideal for closely watching 2 humpback whales and 75 long-beaked common dolphins today. The first sighting occurred when a small herd of dolphins located the Condor Express out near Platform Habitat. They were very boat-friendly and spent most of the time surfing our bow, side and stern waves. A bit further south we located … Read More