Nine humpbacks, 3500 dolphins and a Minke whale, too.

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Humpback whale tail throw in the Santa Barbara Channel. whooeee!

2020 10-16 SB Channel The weather pattern this week has set up wonderful, calm and glassy sea conditions which are ideal for closely watching cetaceans. No wind, no swell…bright sun…a blast of late summer warmth wafted through the Channel. Sightings included 9+ humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 3500 long-beaked common dolphins. Dolphins were abundant and feeding everywhere we went … Read More

21 humpback whales; 4000 dolphins

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A humpback whale in a hotspot surrounded by hungry seabirds, stops to enjoy a bit of fun with a drifting kelp paddy.

2020 10-15 SB Channel Humpback whale mega-sightings day As yesterday, there was no wind and flat, calm seas in the Channel. The water was crystal clear which greatly enhanced the closely watched 21+ humpback whales and 4000 long-beaked common dolphins. Five deadly Mylar balloons were also retrieved from the ocean. It was a day with non-stop dolphin pods. Dolphins first … Read More

Summer-like hot and glassy conditions yields 5 humpback whales, 3000 dolphins.

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A large humpback whale spouts on a hot, sunny day with exceptionally glassy seas in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 10-14 Santa Cruz Island – West Seas were mirror glassy flat all day which reflected the bright blue sky and hot sun. Although there was not a trace of wind all day, a small swell from winds blowing to the northwest rolled through the land of the giants. The water clarity was spectacular and had that famous “Santa Barbara … Read More

Lots of humpbacks and literally countless dolphins

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Location of today's hotspot action courtesy of MarineTraffic.com. Santa Rosa Island is bottom left and Santa Cruz Island is bottom right.

2020 10-11 Near Santa Cruz Channel There was a massive humpback whale hot spot south of The Lanes and adjacent to Santa Cruz Channel today. Seas were glassy all day, but a medium-sized swell was rolling along near the islands. Sightings included the following closely watched cetaceans: 2000+ short-beaked common dolphins, 2000+ long-beaked common dolphins and 5+ humpback whales. About … Read More

Spectacular weather and sea conditions yield 5 giant blue whales at Santa Cruz Island

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The blue whale fan club hit the jackpot today.

2020 10-10 Santa Cruz Island There were two climate zones in the Santa Barbara Channel, one near the city and the other near the island. While Santa Barbara and the harbor were quite cool under overcast semi-foggy conditions, the islands had warm weather, blue skies with bright puffy clouds. Seas at Santa Cruz Island were calm, and as Captain Dave … Read More

Santa Cruz Island blue whales have distinct dive patterns.

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We saw a lot of these "blue streak" reflections from the first of our two giant blue whales today. Shallow swimming permits the bright sun to reflect of the body of the whale.

2020 10-09 Santa Cruz Island – West High, thin stratus gave way to blue skies above the land of the giants along the western end of Santa Cruz Island. Weather was cooler today and a light breeze punctuated an autumnal feel. Sighting today included: 2 giant blue whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave reported the first large herd … Read More

“Flue” (fin+blue) the hybrid joins the blue whales, humpbacks and loads of dolphins on today’s list.

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The big wings of this humpback whale are clearly seen in the clear blue water of the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 10-08 West Santa Cruz Island Mild weather and decent sea conditions made for a wonderful day of cetacean watching off the northwestern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Totals for the trip: 4 humpback whales, 2 giant blue whales, 1 hybrid fin/blue whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. On the way across the Santa Barbara Channel towards the middle of … Read More

6 different cetacean species including a breaching humpback!

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Nothing compares to a spontaneous breach by a giant humpback whale!

2020 10-04 SB Channel A thin stratus layer kept the sun muted except out in the land of the giants. Seas were mill pond glass and not a breath of wind all day. Sightings were good: 500 short-beaked common dolphins, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 2 Minke whales, 1 giant blue whale and 1 humpback whale. Bird … Read More

5 Giant Blue Whales and a trip inside the Cave

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Passengers on the Condor Express enjoy great looks at the natural volcanic walls of the world-famous Painted Cave.

2020 10-03 SB Channel Light winds and glassy seas prevailed in the middle region of the Channel where today’s excursion ran. There were small patches of fog in a few spots, but the land of the giants was bright and sunny. Sightings: 5 giant blue whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Five deadly, collapsed, floating Mylar balloons were retrieved by … Read More