Gray whales, dolphins, bald eagle

Bob Perrybald eagle, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Tail flukes from one of two gray whales watched closely today near Santa Cruz Island.

2017 12-31 SB Channel The fog and low clouds we experienced yesterday were nowhere to be found today.  The sun was out.  The sea surface was mirror glass smooth with not much swell.  Captain Eric and his crew found some amazing wildlife including:  2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2,000 short-beaked common dolphins, 2 gray whales, and one bald eagle.  It was … Read More

Three Blue Whales

Bob Perrybald eagle, blue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

2015 09-02 SB Channel Our first stop this morning came just as the sun broke through the morning marine layer at 1050 am. Captain Dave found an area with 6 humpback whales and more than 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Most of these whales were very cooperative about fluking-up. After a good long observation of these animals, Dave pointed the Condor … Read More

Humpback and Dolphin Masses

Bob Perrybald eagle, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, pacific harbor seal, sea lion

Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran into their first large feeding aggregation of #whales and #dolphins out past the oil rigs.  Here they closely watched 4 – 6 humpback whales as they dove to feed below the surface.   At least 1000 long-beaked common dolphins were also actively feeding in the area.   Humpback tail flukes were numerous. … Read More

Scarlet the Humpback Whale Gets Super Friendly

Bob Perrybald eagle, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

  It was perhaps the best conditions for whale watching we’ve had in months:   mill pond flat and glassy all day, clear and sunny skies.  And the wildlife did not disappoint.  The Condor Express cleared the Santa Barbara breakwater at 1015am and at 1020am we were set up on a pod of at least 6 inshore bottle-nose dolphins.  These #dolphins … Read More

First gray whales (2), blue whales (2+), humpback whales (16+), bald eagle (1)

Bob Perrybald eagle, blue whale watching, blue whales, gray whale, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, humpback whales

Tah-dah! Announcing the official opening of Gray Whale season on the Condor Express today! Our first gray whales of the 2015 season ! Another epic adventure on the Condor Express today.  Captain Dave took us through some dense coastal fog for a few miles and then things opened up and were sunny, calm and clear all day long.  The humpback … Read More