A giant blue in the breeze

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale tail flukes!

2018 07-15 SB Channel Skies were sunny today, mostly due to the fresh breeze which kept things blue.  The breeze also made the ocean surface a bit bumpy, but Captain Dave and his crew employed all their navigational tricks-of-the-trade to keep the Condor Express as stable as possible while getting great looks at the mammals.  The track was to the … Read More

Blue, blue and blue.

Bob Perryblue whale, Condor Express, fin whale

BIG BLUE !!

2018 06-07 SB Channel Clear skies, bright sun and clear, cobalt water near the Channel Islands made for excellent wildlife finding and viewing.  Totals for the day included: 3 fin whales and 1 blue whale. Blue sky, blue water and a blue whale! The Condor Express headed southeast and found all the whales in a fertile area in the Lanes … Read More

Two species of dolphins and a giant blue whale

Bob Perryblue whale, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express

An offshore bottlenose dolphin

2018 05-29 SB Channel A mill pond flat and glassy day made for wonderful cetacean sightings today.  Skies had a high stratus layer except near Santa Cruz Island were patches of blue and sun were found.  Sightings today included: 100 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 giant blue whale and 240 offshore bottlenose dolphins. Just outside the harbor entrance Captain Dave and … Read More

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

Blue whales at Santa Cruz Island

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express

Giant blue whale

2018 05-20 SB Channel Captain Tasha headed for Santa Cruz Island today with moderately choppy seas.  Sighting included 2 giant blue whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. About 5 miles due south of Santa Barbara Harbor during the morning departure a herd of dolphins located the Condor Express.  They rode our stern, side and bow waves.  A bit of surface … Read More

Blue whale and lots of cool dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express

Blue skies, blue water and blue streaks from several blue whales just beneath the ocean surface.

2018 05-17 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew crossed the Santa Barbara Channel and ran practically the entire 24-mile length of beautiful Santa Cruz Island today in search of wildlife.  Sightings included:  50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 800 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 giant blue whale.  It was sunny all day. Across the Channel and heading for the west end … Read More

Island yields giant blue whale and breaching humpbacks.

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

A giant blue whale tail fluke waterfall on a sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2018 05-15 SB Channel Gray whale-watching season for the Condor Express ended last Sunday and today was our first “island whale watch.”  It was stupendous!  Sightings for the day included:  1,200 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 humpback whales and 1 blue whale.  It was sunny with a light breeze out in the Santa Barbara Channel all day. As we departed Santa … 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