Pelagic Expedition a Huge Success !

Bob Perrybirding, blue whales, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Pelagic Expedition a Huge Success ! Captain Dave and Captain Eric steered the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara Harbor around 7am to start a 10-hour pelagic bird (and mammal) expedition.  We were initially greeted with moderate shop and swells from winds blowing robustly in the western Santa Barbara Channel.   As the day progressed the seas subsided and most of … Read More

Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles on Santa Cruz Island

Bob Perrybirding, channel islands, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

santa cruz island

  Mirror Glass, Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles Today A tiny bit of haze but extremely glassy conditions again today on the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express motored out for another adventure packed trip full of unexpected surprises. The first surprise of the day was a big pod of 15 or more elusive Dall’s … Read More

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more

Bob Perrybirding, common dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more We ran south heading offshore and ran smack into a nice herd of long beaked common dolphins. The were heading east in super clear, blue water. After some nice playtime, we continued east-southeast and quickly came upon two southbound gray whales. This is pretty far off the beach an no where near … Read More

Eight humpback whale gluttons amaze whale watchers.

Bob Perrybirding, humpback whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Sea birds, sea lion, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

humpback whale

Ideal conditions again on the Santa Barbara Channel feeding grounds. Today we watched as 8 humpback whales and 6 Minke whales gorged themselves on anchovy schools. The humpbacks were once again lunge feeding on the surface for all to witness. At least 1,000 common dolphins were observed (plus or minus) feeding alongside the seabirds, whales and sea lions. Hope to … Read More

Five “new” Humpback Whales and More

Bob Perrybirding, common dolphins, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Five “new” Humpback Whales and More Another fire cracker experience in the Santa Barbara Channel’s northeast regional hotspot today. Things heated up a bit with more bird and dolphin activity/ feeding frenzy preying on big schools of anchovies. The common dolphin count went up to at least 700 today and a minimum of 4 Minke Whales were also on patrol … Read More

Huge patch of activity including humpback whales

Bob Perrybirding, California Whale Watching, humpback whales, whale watching cruise

When humpback whales are very close, almost anyone can smell them. But it takes a seasoned veteran captain like Captain Dave to sniff-out cetaceans when they are 8 or 10 miles “out there.” After an initial contact with a humpback whale just outside Santa Barbara Harbor, Dave pushed offshore keeping the moderate chop on our bow quarter for a smoother … Read More

Humpback whales, common dolphins and a bald eagle.

Bob Perrybirding, humpback whales, whale watching

5 humpback whales 3,000+ common dolphins 1 bald eagle Captain Mat reports ideal conditions, with sunny and calm seas. Mat’s keen eyes and whale sense prevailed againg today. The humpback sightings were nice and one breached for the fans. The common dolphins were observed all day long throughout the Channel, and the bald eagle was on Santa Cruz Island. best … Read More

Bald Eagle sighting tops off a great humpback whale trip

Bob Perrybirding, California Whale Watching, humpback whale watching

Tail flukes from a humpback named “Moustachio” Two humpback whales were observed gobbling down schools of anchovies with their surface lunge feeding again today. This is always dramatic. A whale we saw 2 years ago and nicknamed “Moustachio” was one of them. This whale has a very peculiar way of lunge feeding that involves between a 45 and 90 degree … Read More