Pacific white-sided dolphin riding alongside the Condor Express.

2 different whales, 2 different dolphins, and 2 blue sharks.

2019 04-01 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express were astounded to locate and watch a megapod of North Atlantic right whales, surrounded by a small armada of white-beaked dolphins (also common in the far northern Atlantic seas).  Tasha’s best guess was that global warming had opened up a passage way for these cetaceans to travel …

Tracks from our two excursions today.

8 Humpbacks and hundreds of dolphins

2019 03-31 SB Channel  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched a total of 8 humpback whales and over 800 long-beaked common dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel today. Weather and sea conditions were absolutely gorgeous! Two trips left the docks: 9 AM and 12 noon. You can see where we went on the attached map from AIS. On the morning trip the …

Part of a megapod of common dolphins that visited the Condor Express.

6 Grays, 8 Humpbacks (seen feeding) and several thousand dolphins.

2019 03-30 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran 3 trips today, 9a, 12n and 3p.  Weather and sea conditions were gorgeous for all of them.  Total sightings for the day included:  6 gray whales, 2300 long-beaked common dolphins and 8 humpback whales.  Again, the totals do not tell the whole story.  Please read on. The first whale of …

Surface lunge-feeding humpbacks in the Santa Barbara Channel

A dozen glutinous humpbacks feed on the surface, and more!

2019 03-29 SB Channel  There was another epic performance by all the wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel. Skies were sunny, and sea conditions were great all day as two trips left the docks, one at 9 AM the other at noon. Total sightings for the day included: one Minke whale, 12 humpback whales, 1100 long-beaked common dolphins, and about 100 California sea lions. …

A humpback whale breached close to the boat on an earlier Condor Express Trip. Only its chin fit in the camera frame. -Bob Perry

Humpback breach fest and more!

2019 03-28 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew ran two trips today: one at 9 AM the other at 12 noon. Sea conditions were quite good for the morning trip, but to be honest, rapidly deteriorated for the afternoon trip. Both trips had some similarities which I will discuss later in this report. For now we will note that there were 8 humpback whales, …

Gray whale rolling around

Gray whale interacts with bottlenose dolphins and more

2019 03-26 SB Coast A single trip left the docks at 12 noon today and had great sea conditions for finding and watching cetaceans. Total sightings for the trip today included two gray whales, eight bottlenose dolphins, and 750 long-beaked common dolphins. Just west of the harbor, near the lighthouse, a pair of juvenile gray whales were found traveling along the …

A mighty tail throw from a humpback whale!

12 Humpback Whales go Bonkers, Dolphins and More!

2019 03-25 SB Channel  Captain Tasha and her crew ran 2 wild adventures full of marine life with loads of great action and, in the process, closely watched: 12 humpback whales, 1400 long-beaked common, and at least 100 California sea lions. Seas were fairly calm. There was not much wind on the morning trip, but the breeze did pick up a …

Gray whale tail flukes - waterfall.

Bottlenose, Grays and a Humpback too!

2019 03-24 SB Coast Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express ran two trips today with ideal sea and weather conditions.  Closely-watched species included: 4 gray whales, 1 humpback whale, and 25 inshore bottlenose dolphins.  Most of the action was close to the coastline again today. The morning excursion followed a very cooperative gray whale from the East …