1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 1 humpback plus 150 long-beaked common dolphins

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

A Fin Whale.

2017 05-21 SB Channel What a day: 1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 1 humpback plus 150 long-beaked common dolphins.  All this:  great weather and sea conditions for Captain Eric and his amazing Condor Express crew. Eric started out by taking a southeasterly track and soon, near the oil rig line, the dolphins came and found the boat.  It … Read More

Blue whale and loads of other species.

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Head of a giant blue whale.

2016 12-14 SB Channel It was a nice day with mostly sunny skies and calm seas in the Santa Barbara Channel. Captain Dave and his renowned crew scoured the region and came up with a solid day of sightings, including:  1 blue whale, 5 humpback whales, 500+ long-beaked common dolphins and a single, fleeting look at about 5 Dall’s porpoise.  … Read More

Rainbow and big whales

Bob Perryblue whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Rainbow. (Photo by Capt Erick Nickisch)

2016 11-26 SB Channel The first rain episode ended within minutes of our departure from Santa Barbara Harbor. The second rain episode was close to shore on the way home and resulted in a wonderful rainbow.  In addition to rainbows, 1 giant blue whale and 3 humpback whales were observed closely today. The blue whale was encountered south of The … Read More

Stinky goes kelping, blue whale and more

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

Blue whale tail flukes. (From my Condor Express archives)

2016 11-19 SB Channel There was a slight breeze as we neared Santa Cruz Island, otherwise the ocean surface was smooth, no wind, sunny skies and warm, short-sleeve, weather. Dave, Auggie and Tasha located a fantastic array of marine mammal species today including:  1 blue whale, 4 humpback whales, 1,250 California sea lions and 1,000 short-beaked common dolphins. The mammal … Read More

Pre-Halloween Rain Whale and Dolphins

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

Pre-Halloween Pumpkin (courtesy of Suellen Perry ©2016)

A glassy calm ocean surface with periods of sun interspersed with rain, especially heavy during the second half of today’s adventure. Captain Eric reports watching 1 huge blue whale and at least 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. South of The Lanes the first long line of dolphins encountered the Condor Express and hung around for a half-hour until a second large … Read More

A fantastic expedition

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Humpback whale tail (From my Condor Express archives)

Rain was forecasted but Captain Eric and his crew found sunny, blue skies and calm seas in the Santa Barbara Channel today. Sightings included 1 blue whale, 1 humpback whale, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 300 California sea lions.  All this added up to a fantastic expedition. The first stop of the day was near The Lanes where … Read More

Dolphin encounter, big whales and a sea lion mob

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

Storm clouds brewing over Santa Barbara. (from my Condor Express archives)

A classic fall day with a storm approaching found us sailing along on glassy seas with mostly cloudy but colorful and dynamic skies. Totals for this excursion included:  long-beaked common dolphins = 2,000, blue whale = 1, humpback whales = 2 and a mega-mob of at least 200 California sea lions. The first dolphin encounter came about 5 miles out from … Read More

Beasts large and small.

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara

Humpback whale. (from my Condor Express archives)

The crew got a bit worried when they could not see the cruise ship at anchor, or Stern’s Wharf either, due to early morning fog. But by the time the cruise ship passengers got on board the Condor Express and we left the dock, the fog lifted to just normal low stratus.  Seas had a light chop, slight breeze, and … Read More

Blue shark, blue skies, blue whales (and more)

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

A blue whale. (from my Condor Express archives)

Captain Dave reports a very nice day on the water today with morning stratus burning quickly to warm sun, especially in the southern Santa Barbara Channel. Blue whales, blue skies and a blue shark…what a day. The Condor Express encountered 4 blue whales today and one was very large. As has happened for the past few days the sun broke … Read More

Blue whale and tons of dolphins !

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A blue whale stole the show today.

The sea surface was calm and winds were light.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny in the afternoon.  Sightings for the day included at least 1,800 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 blue whale.  Here are the details. After leaving the harbor seal on the bait receiver and sea lions on the entrance buoys behind, Captain Dave steered a … Read More