Ten blues closely watched…many more in the vicinity.

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

A mother humpback whale and her calf in very blue water.

2018 06-29 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 10+ blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin stratus layer all day, and seas were calmer than yesterday.  There were a few sucker holes (small openings where beams of sun shined through) out near Santa Cruz Island. Captain Dave and his crew traversed the … Read More

Wind, waves, 8 giant blue whales, humpbacks, and more

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

2018 06-28 SB Channel A fresh breeze blew across the Santa Barbara Channel today and created some surface chop. But these things greatly enhanced the sightings by blowing the spout spray of the wildlife high into the air. Overcast skies quickly turned to bright sun out near beautiful Santa Cruz Island. We closely watched 8+ blue whales, 500 long-beaked common … Read More

14+ giant blue whales, a fin whale and plenty of dolphins

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

A giant blue whale spout.

2018 06-27 SB Channel The action has moved west along the north face of beautiful Santa Cruz Island and most of the wildlife is now a few miles out from the famous Painted Cave.  Today we closely watched 14 blue whales (at least 20 were in the area), 1 fin whale and 300 long-beaked common dolphins.  Overcast skies cleared quickly … Read More

A dozen blue whales and dolphins too

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

Juvenile blue whale named "Wave." iPhone photo ©Capt Tasha Sobol

2018 06-26 SB Channel The Condor Express traversed the Santa Barbara Channel again today and located the giant whale hot spot off the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Here we located and closely watched 12+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 600 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were many more spouts all around the zone.  Skies started off with a … Read More

Ten blue whales including a mother and her calf.

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

RIP Dr. Mark Hansen. An avid whale watcher and great friend of the Condor Express.

2018 06-25 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 10+ giant blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were overcast but cleared to sun as we approached the hot spot near Santa Cruz Island. Seas were calm.  The water was clear and blue.  Many more additional whales and dolphins were seen all around … Read More

Five different cetacean species today

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

A giant blue whale with a peculiar dorsal fin was among the many seen this past week on the Condor Express.

2018 06-23 SB Channel Five different species of cetacean were discovered in the Santa Barbara Channel on today’s excursion led by Captain Colton and his crew.  The closely watched included: 4+ blue whales, 3+ fin whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 Minke whale, 200+ long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Many more whales and dolphins were visible in … Read More

Breaching blue whale calf.

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

The numerous and mesmerizing ventral blubber grooves of a surface feeding giant blue whale. It's pectoral fin is in the air as the whale, on its side, ejects water from its gular pouch to feed.

2018 06-22 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew had a bonanza day with loads of wildlife.  The highlight of the trip was a breaching juvenile blue whale.  This is something that is very rare and has previously been reported only a few times.  Mother Nature was smiling on the Condor Express today.  Totals for the trip included:  13+ giant … Read More

The hot spot continues to beckon

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

A giant blue whale came in close for a peek at its fans on the Condor Express a few days ago.

2018 06-21 SB Channel It was overcast but glassy offshore today as the Condor Express ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale feeding grounds again.  Captain Tasha and her crew did not disappoint.  Closely watched counts included 8 blue whales, 2 fin whales and 350 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were more spouts in the area and the … Read More

Giant blue whale bonanza lives on!

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale tail flukes - among the many seen today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2018 06-19 SB Channel Glassy seas in the mid Santa Barbara Channel gave way to a tiny bit of chop as the morning became the afternoon. Along with this, the stratus layer burned off and it was mostly sunny out at the Santa Cruz Island giant whale bonanza. Captain Dave, with 2nd Captain Colton at the helm, steered a direct … Read More

My Blue Heaven

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

I was told recently that when two giant adult blue whales come by I can no longer say "Who's your daddy"? Since the largest baleen whales are females. #MeToo

2018 06-18 SB Channel You may have heard this before:  skies were blue, water was blue, and the whales were blue.  When Captain Dave and his crew headed for the Santa Cruz Island hot spot, he had no idea the he would be closely watching 19 blue whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Per usual, there were many more whales … Read More