Amazing cetacean sightings.

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

A fin whale dorsal fin - like those seen today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had some amazing cetacean sightings with perfect conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Totals for the day included: 1 humpback whale, 1 *blue whale, 6** fin whales, and 1700 long-beaked common dolphins. Starting about 4 miles out from the harbor, pods containing several hundred dolphins were distributed across the Channel.  … Read More

Blue whales back in the Channel.

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

Two of our four giant blue whales are seen here spouting together with beautiful Santa Cruz Island in the background.

2017 11-15 SB Channel The blue sky was interrupted by beautiful high clouds that let plenty of warm sun down to the ocean surface.  The surface was pretty glassy and smooth except where the dolphin mega-pod had things chopped up a bit.  It was a t-shirt day in the Santa Barbara Channel and there was plenty of wildlife to keep … Read More

Summerlike clarity yields a blue whale and tons of humpbacks too

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

Two very friendly humpback whales. ©Captain Dave and his iPhone.

2017 10-25 SB Channel It was a picture postcard day in the eastern Santa Barbara Channel with glassy seas and superior clarity both above and below the surface. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 9+ humpback whales, 1 blue whale, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 200+ California sea lions today. There were two whale and … Read More

9 humpback whales including Rope, a blue whale and more

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

Giant blue whale

2017 09-24 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew report fantastic interactions with wildlife with sunny skies and calm seas.  Totals include: 9* humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 blue whale and at least 200 California sea lions. Dolphin pods were spread out and joined the Condor Express from about 1 mile offshore.  There were many pods throughout the … Read More

Humpback, blue and 2 kinds of dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

California sea lions - always fun to see!

2017 09-10 SB Channel There was a weird little chop on the water and the atmosphere was a bit humid as the northern edge of a tropical storm pushed into southern California.  It was not a problem as far as comfort goes, nor for finding wildlife.  Earlier, before the trip left Santa Barbara Harbor, a gentle rain squall deposited a … Read More

Mother blue whale and her calf were back again

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

Entrance to Potato Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. (Looking directly south)

2017 08-21 SB Channel East In the early morning there were alternating patches of marine layer stratus and sunshine. But not long after leaving Santa Barbara Harbor, skies cleared and everyone had an unrestricted ocean-based view of the solar eclipse. In addition to the eclipse we had a nice tour of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island. We also … Read More

humpback whales, blue whale, lots of dolphins

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

Blue whale.

2017 08-18 SB Channel Captain Eric reported 8* humpback whales, 1* blue whale, and 1,600 long-beaked common dolphins today. Again conditions were ideal with sunny skies and Santa Barbara cobalt clear water. All of the action was in the vicinity of the mid-Channel buoy. The hot spot today, as reported yesterday, was fueled by massive schools of northern anchovies. Sea … Read More

A large whale assortment today!

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales

Fin whale. (From a previous Condor Express trip)

2017 07-22 SB Channel A large whale assortment today!  2 humpback whales, 3 fin whales and 1* blue whale were closely watched in addition to 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and his crew reported very nice weather and sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel. The first center of attention was southeast of Santa Barbara harbor where scattered pods … Read More

7 humpback whales including our friend Rope, and much more

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Rope the female humpback whale and her namesake scar

2017 05-27 Eastern SB Channel 7 humpback whales including our friend Rope, 1 blue whale and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Captain Dave and his crew found great weather and sea conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel and spent the day in the southeastern corridor.  What a fantastic day it was! South of Henry, … Read More

Unusual vocalizations from a humpback caught everyone by surprise

Bob Perryblue whale, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

Humpback whale - slapping its long pectoral fin.

2017 05-24 SB Channel A high stratus layer with no wind and calm seas made a wonderful scenario for observing marine wildlife today.  4 humpback whales and 1 blue whale were observed.  Unusual vocalizations from a humpback caught everyone by surprise. Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express to the southeast again.  Just a bit south of the … Read More