Blue skies, blue water and blue whales

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express

A giant blue whale swims with common dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 05-28 SB Channel Today we found blue skies, blue water and blue whales. Seas were extremely calm and sightings included: 3 giant blue whales and 75 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Tasha and her crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel towards Santa Cruz Island and searched the waters in between. Not far outside Santa Barbara Harbor a small group … 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

A blue streak under the surface.

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Blue whale blue streak.

Captain Dave set a course for the southwestern Santa Barbara Channel under sunny skies and hardly any wind.  The ocean surface, however, was a little bumpy due to strong winds in the far western Channel region.  It was a solid whale watching day with over 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales and a nice encounter with a blue streak … Read More

Calm seas reveal much wildlife

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Risso's Dolphins, Velella velella

2016 06-03 SB Channel Captain Dave ran across to the feeding grounds and says there were more blue whales (as many as 15) than humpback whales (as many as 6).  Krill was on the surface, and there was surface lunge feeding by the beasts.  The stratus was on the deck near Santa Barbara Harbor, but opened up quite a bit … Read More

Blue Whales, Fin Whales and Dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

2015 09-18 SB Channel Our first cetaceans consisted of about 100 long-beaked common dolphins that we watched in that crystal clear Santa Barbara cobalt water with a glassy smooth surface.   Another warm spell is coming and today it had not taken its full effect so the weather was absolutely perfect.   While we were enjoying the dolphins a large California flying … Read More

Blue Whales and Humpbacks (and Dolphins)

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

  2015 08-12 SB Channel We spent the morning cruising across the Santa Barbara Channel where we found 200 or so long-beaked common dolphins in small pods cruising west into the on-coming winds and whitecaps. It was bright and sunny with not much swell. After a thorough search of the areas where we have seen humpback whales over the past … Read More

17++ Humpbacks and A Mother Blue Whale shows us her Calf

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

  2015 07-06 SB Channel First let me give you the total picture of today’s excursion: We closely watched 17 humpback whales (with at least that many more in the distance and seen as we were moving locations), and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. It was mostly a cloudy, low, thick stratus sky today with light mist/drizzle in the morning. As we … Read More

Lovin’ the blue whales, humpbacks and dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island

12-13-14 Lovin’ the blue whales, humpbacks and dolphins The moderate seas and fresh breeze created some spectacular vistas from Pt. Conception to Boney Ridge, and Anacapa Island to San Miguel Island.  It was great to get clean sea air into your nostrils.  After a bit of rock and roll we found a super cooperative giant blue whale.  The #whale had … Read More