Honey hole full of life today! Wild stuff!

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Massive oceanic hot spot full of life: thousands of dolphins, sea lions, birds and hungry humpback whales converge today.

2021 08-15 SB Channel Skies were sunny and bright all day. Seas were moderately calm and so was the wind. Our sightings today were also very good: 1 Minke whale, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), 100 California sea lions and 6+ humpback whales. Small pods of common dolphins located us within 30 minutes of departure, and … Read More

All day trip with killer whales etc etc

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A close approach by a friendly killer whale on our American Cetacean Society trip today.

2021 08-14 SB Channel – ACS Trip Today was the annual American Cetacean Society eight hour whale watch trip. We left at 8 AM and returned around 4:45PM. Skies were mostly overcast, varying from a high foggy sky to a partly cloudy sky. For a while, up at San Miguel Island, it was sunny. Ocean conditions were good, glassy calm in … Read More

Stunning warm and mirror glass conditions with 2 humpback whales and 2000 dolphins.

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Double tail flukes today! Part of the synchronized swimming demonstration put on by "Chompers" and her calf-of-the-year in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-13 SB Channel – West It was a hazy lazy day of summer. It was sunny all day long and warm. The sea surface was calm and, in most places, especially to the western end of Gaviota, it was glassy. Sightings for the day included 2 humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 deflated, helium, mylar balloons which … Read More

Humpbacks, 2 kinds of common dolphins and more.

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A caldron of foamy water is all that is left after an adult humpback whale threw its mighty tail and I missed the shot.

2021 08-11 SB Channel Skies were mostly cloudy with late-in-the-day patchy sun. On a few occasions the stratus was down to the deck and we ran on radar. Seas had a very light chop but no swell. Sightings included: 2 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 shortfin mako shark, 2000 short-beaked common dolphins, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and … Read More

A bit of AM fog, but still good humpbacks and 2 species of dolphins

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Fog in the Channel with humpback whale.

2021 08-10 SB Channel The stratus was thick, gray and much lower today. It was not all the way down to the water and the sea surface was glassy. Skies became partly sunny after 100p. Sightings included: 4 humpback whales, 250 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins. All of the action was in a productive area southwest of … Read More

Even more: glassy seas, common dolphin masses, great humpbacks

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Humpback whale bubble stream in the Santa Barbara Channel. Intentional? or just a "leak?"

2021 08-09 SB Channel A high stratus layer dispersed around noon and the rest of our time was spent under sunny, blue skies. Seas were glassy and calm again. Sightings reported include: 6+ humpback whales, 6000+ long-beaked common dolphins and 1 Minke whale. Not far outside the harbor we had a few fast and fleeting glances and a Minke whale. … Read More

Glassy seas, sunny skies, thousands of dolphins and 5+ nice humpback whales.

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A breaching humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-08 SB Channel Captain Dave reports mirror glass, lake-smooth conditions in the Channel today with blue skies and sunshine. Sightings included 5+ humpback whales and 5000 long-beaked common dolphins. Masses of common dolphins located the Condor Express about 8 miles offshore and huge feeding pods with sea birds were around everywhere in the Channel. The past few days have … Read More

A Minke whale, humpback whale and an amazing number of dolphins!

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Offshore bottlenose dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel. Always lots of fun!

2021 08-07 SB Channel The Old Spanish Days Fiesta is in full swing throughout the City and a great place to view Santa Barbara is out at sea from the Condor Express. Seas were glassy and calm all day, and early high stratus grayness turned sunny in the early afternoon. Sightings included: 5000+ long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale, 300 … Read More

Dolphins plus two nice humpbacks: one small, one large.

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A surface feeding humpback whale shows some of its baleen.

2021 08-02 SB Channel Skies were blue and sunny. Seas were nicer in the morning close to shore. Sightings included 2 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and his crew ran south and found a nice hot spot with plenty of dolphins and seabird activity on the southern edge of The Lanes. Soon a distinctive juvenile humpback … Read More