Mother fin whale and her calf, a half dozen blue whales plus dolphins too

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

One of three fin whales we watched among the giant blues today.

2018 07-22 SB Channel East The giants were assembled on the grounds again today in larger numbers.  The hot spot was north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, south of The Lanes.  Captain Tasha and her crew located 6+ blue whales, 3 fin whales, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny all day. The air was subtropical.  … Read More

ACS-LA Charter yields blues, humpbacks and more

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

A mighty blue whale spout near Santa Cruz Island

2018 07-21 SB Channel-ACS The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter, ran their annual summer all-day whale watching trip today.  When we departed Santa Barbara Harbor at 8 am, skies were covered by a thin low stratus layer.  Seas were calm with a light breeze and some very tiny chop on the surface.  By 10 am we were well under … Read More

Seas were calm. Whales were giant.

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

One of several blue giants we watched today.

2018 07-20 SB Channel – East The thin marine layer clouds soon burned off and the day was clear and warm.  Seas were calm.  Captain Dave and the crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel on a southeasterly heading and located a whale area off the northern face of West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched sightings included 3 blue whales, 1 … Read More

Awesome blue whale in crystal clear, blue water…and more!

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

A giant blue whale is seen in its entirety in the transparent water today.

2018 07-19 SB Channel – East The ocean was very flat and calm today with lots of spots that were mill pond glassy.  Captain Dave and his crew ran down to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again and located 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 4 Minke whales, and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whale and dolphin sightings … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins!

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Dorsal fin of a huge fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 07-17 SB Channel – East Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 1 fin whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 offshore bottlenose dolphins.  The trip today ran southeast down to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny soon after. Upon arrival at the … Read More

The Summer of the Blues Continues

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

An iPhone photo of a blue whale calf taken by Captain Dave Beezer last year. Note that this calf is larger than the one Dave saw today.

2018 07-13 SB Channel The “summer of the blues” continued today. Captain Dave and his crew traveled across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale congregation near Santa Cruz Island.  The crew reports seeing more than 20 big blue whales in the area, and watched 14 closely.  In addition, 600 long-beaked common dolphins were observed. There was not much … Read More

Excellent conditions, excellent sightings

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

Multiple blue whale spouts

2018 07-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reported excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today with sunny skies and very flat, calm seas.  Mammal sightings were, once again, terrific.  8+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 humpback whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today. The first sightings were south of The Lanes off the coast of beautiful … Read More