A Mako Shark Sighting enhances a Great Whale Watch Day

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, mako shark, Santa Barbara

A Mako Shark Sighting enhances a Great Whale Watch Day You know the Condor Express, we’ll stop and look at any interesting wildlife when we’re out there.  Captain Dave paused the whale and dolphin watching for a short while today as everyone on board got some great looks at a 6 or 7 foot Mako Shark in clear blue water.  … Read More

Things got a little bit BLUE today !

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa Island

Things got a little bit BLUE today ! Our one and only common dolphin herd was encountered a few miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor.  The 500 or so #dolphins were inquisitive and friendly and loved by all.   We then picked up speed and headed for the feeding grounds off Santa Rosa Island where giant blue whales and big humpback … Read More

Species Smorgasbord

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

Species Smorgasbord It was a massive species smorgasbord out on the feeding grounds today.  Seas were a bit calmer than yesterday – nary a swell; medium breeze.  It was sunny all day which helped the crew of the Condor Express spot a whole lot of spouts. We ended up with 11 closely watched humpback whales that performed breaches, made friendly … Read More

Blue whales !!

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, humpback whale

Blue whales !! Sunny skies dominated the scene today and the trip out to the feeding grounds included a ride-along with at least 500 common dolphins.  On the grounds we encountered 5 giant blue whales, one of which was not so giant because it was part of a mother-calf pair.  Junior was less than half the length of mom, and … Read More

Unusual breaching behavior today

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

Unusual breaching behavior today While never being in any real danger, today the Condor Express witnessed the wildest breaching humpback whales as you would every want to see.  After a nice trip with bright sun, very light seas,  and a small herd of common dolphins, we got up on the feeding grounds only to be greeted by 2 very friendly humpback whales.  The two … Read More

Our lucky Mola mola.

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, Mola mola

Our lucky Mola mola. Conditions were outstanding in the Santa Barbara Channel today….very calm seas, nearly zero wind and a thin overcast ceiling above.  Although we did have some interaction with a scattered and small group of short beaked common dolphins on our way south to the feeding grounds, things were otherwise very quiet in terms of cetacean sightings.  About … Read More

HOT weather and very HOT sightings today

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, gray whale mother and calf, humpback whale

HOT weather and very HOT sightings today We are in the midst of an intense heat wave and record-breaking whale sightings at the same time.  So it was with mill pond flat and glassy waters, air temperatures in the 90F+ range, and water with extreme blue clarity, that the Condor Express encountered an abundance of cetaceans today.  A total of … Read More

Blue whale mom and her calf…

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, whale watching trips

A blue whale mother and very young calf stole the show away from all the humpbacks and dolphins today. Here’s the scoop: veteran whaleman Captain Mat steered the boat out to the southwest and found several high activity centers, one after the other…no more than a mile or two separating them. Each hot spot featured the usual predators. Seabirds, common … Read More

Another big day for humpbacks and blue whales

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, whale watching, whale watching trips

Captain Mat ran out to the humpback feeding grounds and located 10 of the beasts with more in the area. A juvenile humpback breached repeatedly, and there were tail throws plus other great behaviors. Then Mat moved over to the blue whales grounds and closely followed 5 blue whales. Again there were common dolphins throughout the trip, 3,000 or more, … Read More

Humpback Whales and Blue Whale Watching… Hello, it’s FEBRUARY!

Bob Perryblue whale watching, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale watching

Three humpback whales and a blue whale sighted Whale Watching Report February 10, 2013 3 humpback whales 1 blue whale 15+ Dall’s porpoise 2 rehabilitated California sea lions released Captain Mat tracked down 3 humpback whales and 1 blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel today, as well as 15 Dall’s porpoise. Blue whale watching is very unusual this time … Read More