A surface lunge-feeding humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Breaching and lunge-feeding whales, plus many hundreds of dolphins.

2019 10-15 SB Channel A cruise ship load went whale watching and had amazing sightings. Skies were blue, and the wind did not kick up until the afternoon. Closely watched species were 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 5 humpback whales. The first 3 whales were located about 10 miles out, and spread across a 3 mile swath with plenty of …

A surface lunge-feeding humpback whale, similar to our sighting today.

9 humpbacks and yet another unique feeding behavior; dolphins too!

2019 10-13 SB Channel Seas were glassy and calm.  The skies were sunny except for a single, dense fog patch that lasted 15 minutes.  Sightings included 1 coastal bottlenose dolphin, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 9 humpback whales. The lone bottlenose was found near the harbor entrance and inside both buoys. The rest of its pod was nowhere to be …

A breaching-crazed humpback whale gets some air very close to the Condor Express, similar to what we experienced today.

1 of 3 humpback whales puts on a behavior clinic. Also: 1000 dolphins.

2019 10-11 SB Channel Conditions were right for a trans-Channel voyage and a visit to the northwestern region of beautiful Santa Cruz Island (“Island of the Holy Cross”).  All 4 northern islands were clearly visible under dramatic blue skies.  Sea had that strange little bumpiness that it gets when the west wind chop meets a Santa Ana-type east wind.  But …

A nice iPhone capture showing the interior walls near the mouth of the Painted Cave. ©Dave Beezer - Condor Express

2000 small cetaceans plus 4 leviathans.

2019 10-10 SB Channel Skies were full of a warm, hazy sun.  Seas were calm and the breeze was light.  Great sightings were had today with 4 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins closely watched. We intercepted our first large pod of dolphins about 10 miles south of Santa Barbara harbor, on a course headed for the western end …

Humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel - similar to our sightings today.

Five humpbacks, 1500 dolphins.

2019 10-09 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew experienced flat, calm seas all day.  Skies were shrouded by a thick marine stratus layer.  Totals for the trip included 5 humpback whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Dolphins first approached the Condor Express when we were about 10 miles offshore.  They were around during all of our sightings for the …

Long-beaked common dolphins in glassy water similar to our sightings today.

9 humpback whales and many hundreds of dolphins

2019 10-06 SB Channel Glassy smooth seas and sunny skies enhanced the wildlife viewing again today as Captain Colton ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and had great luck near The Lanes.  He reported 9 humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Four whales were encountered near the NOAA buoy along with dolphins.  Dolphins were around all day thereafter. The …

©Captain Dave Beezer - Condor Express One of several friendly visits by today's killer whales.

Orcas! (plus humpbacks and dolphins)

2019 10-05 SB Channel We left the dock at 8am on a special morning edition whale watch.  The morning sun was magical and sea conditions were spectacular.  Sightings were as good as it gets: 3 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 killer whales. Our first dolphins were encountered just 3 miles offshore, and we found small groups here …

Captain Dave snapped this excellent photo showing two of the four actively socializing whales today.

Fascinating humpback social behaviors today…and more!

2019 10-04 SB Channel Although the wind that blew all night in the far west created some moderate bumps, there was no wind and skies were sunny.  It was ideal for wildlife locating and viewing.  We explored a region south and east of mid-Channel with great success.  6 humpback whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins were watched today. South of …

Whales, common dolphins and 200 offshore bottlenose dolphins

2019 10-03 SB Channel  Capt and Dave and the crew found excellent sea conditions… calm and sunny. The sightings today were also wonderful: 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, and 200 offshore bottlenose dolphins. Seeing that many offshore bottlenose is extremely rare and lots of fun. Sightings started about 10 miles offshore  we had a group of about 100 dolphins and we …

A humpback whale is seen interacting with giant kelp, we call it kelping, similar to what we observed in the mid-Channel today.

Another mid-Channel cetacean fest!

2019 10-02 SB Channel It was definitely a mid-Channel Cetacean Fest.  With 11+ humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 Risso’s dolphins, there was plenty to watch and enjoy.  Seas were calm.  Skies were sunny and blue. Captain Dave said one could clearly see all 4 islands. The fun began southwest of Habitat with 3 adult whales. A pair …