Five different species of cetaceans!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

Risso's dolphins were among the 5 species of cetaceans spotted today.

2018 11-18 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew racked-up an amazing array of cetaceans with awesome sightings of each species.  Totals for the trip included 4 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 35 Risso’s dolphins, and 30 Dall’s porpoise.  Seas were calm and the water was very clear. Five different species of cetaceans were watched … Read More

Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea … Read More

Another Gaviota trip produces great sightings and fun.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, sea lion

Condor Express tracks showing our path today to Gaviota and back. (source: MarineTraffic.com)

2018 09-12 Western Channel A light marine layer burned off to become a gorgeous sunny day with very calm seas…ideal for wildlife searching and watching.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched: 2 humpback whales, 12 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and over 200 California sea lions.  This was a trip “out west,” covering … Read More

Humpback mom and calf plus thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

The large mother whale was an active pectoral fin-slapper today. Photo by Captain Dave.

2018 09-07 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew encountered another flat, calm day with a persistent marine stratus layer. Fortunately, the wildlife has been phenomenal, and today we saw 2 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 400 California sea lions. Near the NOAA mid-Channel buoy a gigantic megapod of common dolphins located the Condor … Read More

Three species of dolphins and whales too!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Agile and acrobatic: the offshore population of bottlenose dolphins are seen socializing.

2018 09-05 SB Channel The fog monster hung around most of the morning and there was near zero visibility at times.  Consequently, there was little or no wind and seas were flat calm and glassy.  Don’t ask me how Captain Dave and his crew did it, but once again, despite fog, the wildlife sightings were very good.  Closely watched species … 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

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

Last gray whale day features another mother and calf…plus dolphins!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

The sailboat "Endeavor" gets a nice visit from friendly long-beaked common dolphins today.

2018 05-13 SB Coast Today we ran our last coastal whale watching trips for northbound migrating gray whales.  Two trips left the docks at SEA Landing in Santa Barbara Harbor, one at 9 am and the other at noon. Captain Tasha and her crew were able to locate the following species:  400 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 inshore bottlenose dolphins and … Read More

Whale and dolphin interaction today.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

©Dave Beezer - Condor Express Captain Dave captured a nice image with his cell phone showing the friendly bottlenose dolphins today.

2018 05-08 SB Coast Heavy fog, with near zero lateral visibility on the water, persisted from our exit of Santa Barbara Harbor until we ran west past the UCSB campus.  Here the fog lifted to become a low stratus layer, but allowed for wildlife spotting on the water.  Sightings for the day included 2 gray whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins … Read More

Over 100 cetaceans per hour today

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

A very young gray whale calf is seen spouting and taking a look around over the back of its mother.

2018 05-07 SB Coast These are the final few days of our annual northbound gray whale, coastal Santa Barbara excursions.  Starting next Monday, May 14, we begin “Island Whale and Dolphin” trips that will depart SEA Landing at 10 am sharp and return approximately 230 pm. These trips run well out into the Santa Barbara Channel and, depending on sea … Read More