Humpbacks, dolphins and…..ORCAs !

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, killer whale

Captain Dave snapped this photo of the friendly killer whales today with his iPhone.

2018 09-29 SB Channel The ocean conditions were sunny and calm, perfect for locating and watching 5 killer whales, 5 humpback whales, 1 blue shark and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. All of the action took place on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel. The killer whales were located about 4 miles off UCSB.  There was 1 big male … Read More

A blue shark, plenty of active humpbacks and lots of dolphins too

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

A super friendly humpback whale mugged us today. Photo by Capt Dave and his iPhone.

2018 09-11 Gaviota Coast A marine layer with some fog kept the sea surface glassy all morning until the sun broke through on our way home.  Captain Dave explored new and very productive grounds as he took the Condor Express to the far western coast and just south of Gaviota.  This change of pace resulted in some wonderful sightings, including: … Read More

Kelping humpback and other delights

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, humpback whales, Mola mola

A kelping humpback whale.

2018 08-07 SB Channel – Far East Captain Dave returned to the hot zone that has been firing north and east of Anacapa Island this week.  A hazy sunshine kept things nice and optimized locating wildlife.  Seas were calm.  Total sightings for the day included:  1 blue shark, 1 sunfish (Mola mola), 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  … Read More

Four different cetaceans and a shark!

Bob Perryblue shark, blue whale, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

2018 01-03 SB Channel – Captain Eric and his crew had a lucrative excursion today in terms of wild animals.  The following were closely watched:  gray whales = 5, blue whale = 1, offshore bottlenose dolphins = 20, long-beaked common dolphins = 2000 and 1 blue shark. On the way across the Santa Barbara Channel en route to the world … Read More

Blue shark, blue skies, blue whales (and more)

Bob Perryblue shark, blue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale

A blue whale. (from my Condor Express archives)

Captain Dave reports a very nice day on the water today with morning stratus burning quickly to warm sun, especially in the southern Santa Barbara Channel. Blue whales, blue skies and a blue shark…what a day. The Condor Express encountered 4 blue whales today and one was very large. As has happened for the past few days the sun broke … Read More

More blue whales today plus Risso’s, short- and long-beaked commons and a humpback.

Bob Perryblue shark, blue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, sea lion

More blue whales today !!

Extremely calm seas greeted Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express as they headed south to Santa Cruz Island.  The low stratus was with us most of the day and a little bit of warm sun peeked through out near the Island.  Little to no wind occurred until late in the excursion.  Sightings today included at least 800 … Read More

Blues Abound

Bob Perryblue shark, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion, Velella velella

  2016 06-06 SB Channel It was not foggy.  The ocean surface was glassy most of the day.  The sun kind of shined through the stratus out in The Lanes, and then back in Santa Barbara at the end of the excursion.  Captain “Imán de la fauna” Eric, working alongside Deckhand “Ojos de águila” Auggie, put together an amazing adventure … Read More

Humpbacks Sounding Off

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island

Humpbacks Sounding Off Captain Eric ran to the far east-central portion of the Santa Barbara Channel with flat calm conditions.  The faithful Condor Express wildlife fans watched 4 humpback whales very closely, but there were easily another 3 or 4 in the near distance.  There were several very close and friendly approaches to the boat as well as some rolling … Read More