Here is one of the many California sea lions we watched feeding alongside the dolphins and humpback whales today.

A far out, far west excursion yields dolphins, humpbacks and stupendous vistas

2019 09-18 SB Channel- Far West It was a gorgeous trip to the far west Channel and into Gaviota waters. Sightings for the day included: 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 150 California sea lions, 2000 long beaked common dolphins, and four humpback whales. Skies were sunny and bright all day. There was a little bit of bump at first as we …

An agile long-beaked common dolphin is shown surfing a wave sideways...perhaps banking a turn to stay in the sweet spot.

Glassy water enhanced views of dolphins and humpbacks

2019 09-15 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew located 3 humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins today and this was mostly in the fog.  Fog, however, frequently brings mirror glass conditions and that’s what it did today.  As we moved further south, offshore, later in the trip, there was a breeze and more sun. Not far out of …

A pelagic (offshore) bottlenose dolphin is shown upside down after landing a nice backwards leap!

Pelagic bottlenose, commons, humpbacks and a Minke.

2019 09-14 SB Channel Oh, what a fabulous day!  Bright, warm sun…no wind…no swell…a perfect backdrop for great wildlife sightings.  The day included wonderful looks at 25 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 Minke whale, 4 humpback whales and 2000+ long-beaked common dolphins.  Our first encounter was a wonderful view of a single Minke whale that crossed our bow, surfacing several times …

Here’s those 2 humpbacks as they started to mug us today. iPhone pic by Captain Dave.

Now for some positive news: We Got Mugged!

2019 09-13 SB Channel  Captain Dave and the crew steered a course for Santa Cruz Island on what turned out to be an absolutely stellar, picture perfect day in the Santa Barbara Channel. Sightings today included 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, and six humpback whales. Oh, by the way, we got mugged! Common dolphins were around the boat …

An example of surface lunge feeding by a humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

7 Wonderful Humpback Whales and a Couple Thousand Dolphins.

2019 09-12 SB Channel We encountered glorious wildlife watching conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Skies were sunny and blue.  Seas were calm and so were the winds.  Even the water was blue and clear!  Sightings included 7 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Our first of three sighting zones was southwest of Habitat.  Here we located dolphins …

Here's a nice close example of a humpback whale "kelping" in the Santa Barbara Channel. Most of our local cetaceans love to mess around with giant kelp.

A beautiful day with humpbacks, dolphins and a Minke whale too.

2019 09-11 SB Channel Patriot’s Day in the Channel turned out wonderful.  Skies were clear and blue all day.  Winds were light and variable.  A small bump from the west was hardly noticeable.  Sightings included: 1 Minke whale, 7 humpback whales and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and the crew headed south and watched wildlife as they ended up …

Two very friendly bottlenose dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Humpbacks, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and a large pack of sea lions.

2019 09-06 SB Channel Seas were calm but then a breeze came up later in the trip.  Skies were sunny and huge amounts of wildlife were found.  Sightings included: 30 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 8 humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins and 200 California sea lions. About 5 miles out from Hendry’s Beach we were located by a nice-sized herd of …

Humpback whale tail fluke in the Santa Barbara Channel.

The southeastern channel yields humpbacks, Minkes and several hundred dolphins.

2019-09-05 SB Channel Southeast It was sunny and nice.  There was a bit of wind to the far west so Captain Dave and his crew ran east.  Besides, that’s where the whales were!  Totals for today include: 2 Minke whales, 5 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins. Four large humpback whales were watched in an area southeast of Platform …

Example of a humpback whale kelping in the Santa Barbara Channel

Thousands of dolpins plus 2 humpbacks seen feeding and kelping.

2019 09-04 SB Channel It was another sunny day with calm seas and a slight breeze in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Sightings included 2000 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales.  Our route took us offshore south of UCSB and then further out to The Lanes. Dolphins were all around, all day long.  There was a large congregation of them …

A look at "Scarlet," a humpback we have been tracking since 2010...always great to see her.

Bottlenose dolphins, 6 humpbacks (including Scarlet) and 1000 common dolphins.

2019 09-03 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found calm seas and sunny skies throughout the day and wonderful sightings including: 5 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 6 humpback whales, and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins.  We searched the offshore waters and located 2 hot spots. The first sighting of the day was not exactly a “hot spot,” …