Common and bottlenose dolphins plus 4 whales.

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

Mother gray whale shows her flukes

2018 05-04 SB Coast It was another sunny day along the coast of Santa Barbara and points to the west of town, with clear cobalt blue water.  Total sightings for the day included:  300 long-beaked common dolphins, 4 gray whales and 6 inshore bottlenose dolphins. As the Condor Express prepared to accelerate upon leaving Santa Barbara Harbor, deckhand and 2nd … Read More

Four large fin whales and lots of dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale

Close look at a big fin whale. Fin whales are "cousins" of giant blue whales and are the 2nd largest animals to ever live on earth.

2018 04-28 SB Coast The day started off nice, but during the mid-morning a fresh breeze kicked up.  This did not deter our Captain Dave and his able crew from finding and closely watching three different species of cetaceans.  Two trips left the docks, one at 9am, the other at noon.  Totals for the day included: 4 large fin whales, … Read More

Gray whale calves and two kinds of dolphins today

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

Long-beaked common dolpins.

Two trips, one at 9 AM and one at noon, went out in search of whales and other wildlife. Totals for the day included five gray whales, four bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. There was a south wind with clear sunny skies when the Condor express left the dock at 9 o’clock this morning. Captain Dave steered the … Read More

Fin whales, gray whales and bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, fin whale, gray whales

Two fin whales swim side-by-side

  Two excellent fin whales were encountered along with 25 inshore bottlenose sightings and four gray whales on two excursions today. Trips left Santa Barbara Harbor at 9am and noon with excellent sea conditions and very clear, blue Santa Barbara cobalt, water. The morning trip headed west, up the coast.   More than a dozen dolphins greeted the Condor Express near … Read More

Gray whale cow-calf parade ramps up

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, gray whale mother and calf, gray whale season

Gray whale mother and her calf.

2018 04-17 SB Coast Two trips left Santa Barbara Harbor today, one at 9am the other at noon.  Sea conditions were fabulous.  Skies were clear and the panoramic vistas were spectacular.  Total sightings for the day included 6 gray whales and 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins. The morning trip followed a mother whale and her calf from Hendry’s Beach up to … Read More

An amazing day full of whales

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales

A little gray whale calf pokes its head up in the kelp beds.

2018 04-15 SB Coast Calm seas prevailed along the Santa Barbara coast today. Skies were partly cloudy with plenty of little sunny warm spots. Little to no wind was encountered. Captain Dave and his crew located eight gray whales and two inshore bottlenose dolphins during a single, 12 noon, excursion.  It was an amazing day full of whales for sure. … Read More

Great weather is the backdrop to fantastic sightings

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

A long-beaked common dolphin swims alongside the Condor Express.

2018 04-09 SB Coast Seven gray whales, six inshore bottlenose dolphins and 150 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Captain Dave and his crew ran two excursions under clear, sunny skies, calm seas and air temperatures in the low 80⁰F’s. On the 9am trip thirty common dolphins located the Condor Express about one mile south of the lighthouse.  Like … Read More

More inter-species interaction today between a whale and some dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Pacific white-sided dolphins kept us company on today's trips.

2018 04-07 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran two trips today, one at 9am and the other at noon.  There were 5 gray whales, 6 inshore bottlenose dolphins, and around 50 Pacific white-sided dolphins closely watched today.  The sea conditions were nice in the morning as a few light rain squalls passed through the Santa Barbara Channel.  After … Read More

Fun with whales and dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Common dolphins were among the three different species of cetaceans observed today.

2018 04-04 SB Channel Over the course of three coastal excursions today 4 gray whales, 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins and 80 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  A high stratus layer persisted all day.  Seas were calm.  It was fun with whales and dolphins. The morning trip followed a very cooperative whale from the lighthouse west to Goleta Bay.  Very … Read More

White-sided and bottlenose dolphins interact

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in the clear, blue waters of Goleta Bay

2018 04-03 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express on two excursions today, one at 9am and the other at noon.  Totals included 3 different species of dolphins and one whale.  Seven gray whales, four inshore bottlenose dolphins, fifty Pacific white-sided dolphins, and three hundred long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  Skies started out with thin, … Read More