Whale, Dolphin and Porpoise Report – Jan 5

Wed. Jan 5, 2010 Colleagues, Another wonderful day on the Channel, sunny and nice.   And here is what the Condor Expressly saw… Here are today's sightings: 4 Gray Whales (more spouts in the distance)50 Risso's Dolphins25 Dall's Porpoise100 Common Dolphinsa few young California Sea Lions   The Condor Express is the ONLY full-time whale watching boat operating in the Santa …

Condor Express newsletter attached !!

Happy New Year! Please find the Condor Expressions newsletter attached to this message. You are receiving this newsletter because you are a friend of the Condor Express in Santa Barbara, California, the premier whale watching and party cruise venue on the coast.  Many of you signed up for this newsletter by filling out a “customer comment” card on board the …

Whale and Dolphin Report – 1/1/11

Happy New Year!!!   Captain Dave and the crew steered the mighty Condor Express up into the Santa Cruz Channel with hopes of intersecting some southbound migrating Gray Whales.  Success was had !! Here are today's sightings: 5 Gray Whales 25 Risso's Dolphins (some actually did some bow riding!)a few young California Sea Lions and the Painted Cave with its …

Whales and Sharks Report – Tuesday, 12-28

Greetings Santa Barbara Channel Lovers,   Today the Condor Express, with Captain Mat at the helm, headed east.  And here is what the Condor Expressly watched today: 3 Gray Whales  1 Minke Whale1 Blue Shark (a “baby”…about 3 feet long!)lots of young California Sea Lions rafting and cavorting near Sta Cruz Island (approximately 100 individuals)   I'll post up the …

Whale and Porpoise Report – Monday Dec 27

Happy Holidays Whale Lovers!   Today the Condor Express, with Captain Mat at the helm, headed out between Santa Rosa Island and Santa Cruz Island to try our luck finding southbound migrating Gray Whales.  And here is what the Condor Expressly watched today: 1 Gray Whale (very cooperative female…awesome looks!)15 Dall's Porpoise (the black and white torpedos)lots of young California …

Thurs Dec 16 – ORCAs again!

Twice in one week…   Once again the Condor Express and all the lucky whalers on board were treated to some quality time with those large black and white whales.  That's right, six Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, were encountered near the northeast corner of Santa Cruz Island today.  Amazing…and early reports seem to indicate it was the same “starfin” pod …

1st Gray Whales of the Season !! …AND… seven ORCAs !!

Dear Ocean Lovers, Oh, my, what a day to be out on the Channel viewing mammals.  Here is what the Condor Expressly saw: One megapod containing approximately 1,700Delphinus capensis (common dolphins) The first two southbound Gray Whales of the season. [THE SEASON IS OFFICIALLY OPEN] Seven Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) ..  most likely our buddies of the “Starfin Pod.”   Remember, we …

Dolphin Mania – Sat Dec 11

Dear Ocean Lovers,   Today the Condor Express ran the the eastern end of the Santa Barbara Channel under clear blue skies and only a moderate breeze. [Tomorrow's forecast is for reduced winds, by the way.]  It was a day full of magical encounters with three different species of dolphins in large populations.  Here is what the Condor Expressly saw: …