A storied Minke whale day, Scarlet the humpback, and dolphins, dolphins, dolphins

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Scarlet was so-named because of its now very old, yet prominent, propeller scar which has distinctive tumors or balls of flesh the size of bowling balls.

2020 07-07 SB Channel Some people have pet dogs that follow them around. Fewer people even have cats that do the same. Today, the Condor Express had two “pet” Minke whales. I’ll tell more below. Totals for the trip included: 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales. Winds were up in the western Channel, so Captain … Read More

Over 3000 dolphins and two active humpback whales

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A tail-throwing humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel with Platform Habitat seen in the background.

2020 07-06 SB Channel It was a pretty smooth day in the eastern Channel until the afternoon breeze arrived and then things got a little bumpy.  Some spray carried into the air. Nonetheless Captain Colton and the crew closely watched 2 humpback whales and 3500 long-beaked common dolphins.  As you probably deduced from the numbers, there were loads of dolphins … Read More

Another humpback and blue, but masses of high-flying offshore bottlenose dolphins stole the show.

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A high-flying offshore bottlenose dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel...always a special treat!

2020 07-05 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew put together a fantastic trip full of cetaceans. In addition to watching 1 humpback whale, 1 giant blue whale, and 3000 common dolphins, the highlight of the trip was seeing 800+ offshore bottlenose dolphins. Seas were calm and glassy smooth. Except for a small fog patch on the way out, there … Read More

A blue whale, a humpback whale and a very active bait ball hot spot.

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The expandible ventral grooves of a surface sideways lunging humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 07-04 SB Channel After our standard public whale watch, a second private excursion left the docks for a shorter time out in the Santa Barbara Channel. The day had a lot of dense, ground level fog with occasional patches of sun.  Seas were mostly glassy but for one windy period in the afternoon for a while. Totals for the … Read More

Massive clear water feeding frenzy and cetaceans galore!

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An example of an oceanic hot spot such as we witnessed today!

2020 07-03 SB Channel The beginning of July has shaped up to be a very rich and productive time for wildlife in the Channel. Today we watched 3000 long- beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea lions, 3humpback whales, 1 giant blue whale, and 25 Risso’s dolphins. Skies were sunny and seas were calm.  Today’s adventure moved completely across the Santa … Read More

An eye-popping SIX different cetacean species!

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We transected the Santa Barbara Channel and visited two islands in our National Park today!

2020 07-02 SB Channel Flat calm seas and sunny skies added to an “off the charts” day with 6 different cetacean species. Captain Dave and his team ran further west than usual (see course illustration) and  sightings included: 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 500 short-beaked common dolphins, 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 20 Risso’s dolphins, 6 humpback whales and 1 fin whale. … Read More

Glassy conditions enhance looks at a fin, a Minke, and two different species of dolphins.

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A trio of common dolphins seen on a mirror glass surface like we had today! My personal favorite! -Bob

2020 07-01 SB Channel Another great benefit of having a mile marine stratus layer all day is it cuts the surface glare and, if a wild animal chooses to approach the Condor Express, you can see the underwater view…assuming good water clarity. We had good water clarity and another mill pond glassy day under the thin low clouds. Captain Dave … Read More

Whoa! What a day!

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A couple of nice humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel...among all the species of giants seen!

2020 06-30 SB Channel Blue skies burned through the morning stratus early in the trip and seas were calm all day as Captain Dave and his crew worked the front side of Santa Cruz Island. Results of this course heading included 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 fin whale, 2 humpback whales and 2 giant blue whales. Two distinct bands of … Read More

Three members of the largest whale species in the world…dolphins too!

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Blue whale tail flukes in the Santa Barbara Channel. Image: Robert Perry

2020 06-27 SB Channel – East Dense fog during the first leg of the excursion gave way to sunny skies on the way back home. Again, our lucky streak with mirror-like surface conditions persisted today. Sightings today included 1 giant blue whale, 2 fin whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. The dolphins first located the Condor Express when we were … Read More

Calm seas again! Blue and fin whales, thousands of dolphins!

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Tail flukes of a giant blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 06-26 SB Channel – East Flat and glassy seas prevailed for the 3rd consecutive day and enhanced the wonderful mammal observations (and general seascapes, selfie backgrounds, etc.).  Today we closely watched 2 fin whales, 1 giant blue whale and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. Dolphins were abundant all day, starting just past the Summerland oil platforms which we passed on … Read More