Fantastic! Blue whales still in the Santa Barbara Channel. Wow!

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

Fantastic! Mid-December and the blue whales are still in the Santa Barbara Channel. Wow! December 10, 2014 – A blue whale and 4+ humpbacks, etc. That’s right.  It’s December 10th and we still have blue whales feeding on the “ledge.”   And the humpback whale show continues to amaze everyone.  Who would have predicted this?   Our first cetacean encounter of the … Read More

5 Blue Whales; 12++ Humpback Whales – Epic conditions

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching

Kelping behavior by a humpback whale. Photo taken on yesterday’s expedition. Captain Dave ran southwest for quite a while to a location where 6 killer whales had been reported 2 hours earlier by the sportfishing vessel Stardust.   Unfortunately killer whales can move a great distance in any direction they choose within a 2 hour window, so we never got on … 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

1 blue whale, 13+++ humpback whales, 1 minke whale, 1,000 common dolphins, 5 Risso’s dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, minke whale

Spectacular weather and off the charts whale watching today. Glassy seas, no swells, blue water, bright sunshine and vistas from Boney Ridge to Pt Conception including all 4 Channel Islands greeted us as we left Santa Barbara Harbor.  On the way out to the Santa Cruz Island hot spots. The first cetaceans of the many spotted today were about 1,000 … Read More

Condor Express got MUGGED big time in the Humpback ‘hood

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

Condor Express got MUGGED big time in the Humpback ‘hood Clear blue water.  Light breeze.  Calm seas.  Great conditions for spouts.  Captain Eric ran back to the Santa Cruz Island hotspot today and found similar humpback #whale masses as reported the past few days.  12 humpback whales were closely watched with many more spouts seen in the distance near the … Read More

Acute Spoutitis Outbreak Today

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

Acute Spoutitis Outbreak Today I looked up the symptoms for “acute spoutitis” in my Physicians Desk Reference and I think I’ve got it, along with a boat load of our whale watching brothers and sisters.  Symptoms include such things as seeing spouts before your eyes when you get back to the dock and are walking through the Condor Express parking … Read More

Everyone on board had the Blues

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

Everyone on board had the Blues Blue skies.   Crystal blue water.  At least 6 blue whales (three watched closely).  They came out of the blue as we were looking for our humpback whale friends from yesterday in the eastern Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave spotted a spout at least 3 miles ahead of the boat.   I don’t know how he … Read More

Condor Express gets a nod in new scientific paper on US West Coast blue whale distribution !!

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

You may enjoy this new scientific paper on blue whale distribution and note (shameless bragging) that the Condor Express is mentioned in the acknowledgements. Bob Perry Condor Express   Irvine LM, Mate BR, Winsor MH, Palacios DM, Bograd SJ, et al. (2014) Spatial and Temporal Occurrence of Blue Whales off the U.S. West Coast, with Implications for Management. PLoS ONE … Read More