A record-breaking year for gray whales

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

Gray whales having fun on the way to their northern summer feeding grounds.

2018 04-02 SB Coast Six gray whales and 8 inshore bottlenose dolphins were seen on a single 12 noon excursion today.  Skies had a thin stratus layer and seas were flat and calm. This has been a record-breaking year for the gray whale population.  If you have not been on board yet to see them, now IS the time. Captain … Read More

Condor Express crew locates lots of mammals in the fog

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, sea lion, Stellar sea lion

The kelp-cutting vessel, Ocean Harvest is barely visible in the fog.

Dense fog that ranged between zero and ¼-mile visibility engulfed the coastal waters and hung around all day.  We wonder, then, how it is possible for Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express to come away with sighting of 8 gray whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 14 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 Stellar sea lion and a bunch of … Read More

Fog does not deter great cetacean sightings

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

2018 03-29 SB Coast Captain Dave and the Condor Express crew ushered three excursions along the coast of Santa Barbara today.  Sea conditions were great, but fog plagued the morning trip, lifted a bit for the noon trip, and was completely gone by the afternoon departure.  Totals for the entire day included: 7 gray whales, 14 inshore bottlenose dolphins and … Read More

Three different species of cetaceans

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

Three gray whales.

2018 03-25 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran a single 9am trip today with bumpy seas and no wind until very late in the excursion.  Total sightings included three different species of cetaceans:  15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, and 3 gray whales. As the Condor Express departed Santa Barbara Harbor a large pod of bottlenose … Read More

Spots of fog do not deter great sightings

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

A dense fog bank moved in from the western Channel today. A gray whale can be seen in the clear sunny area before the fog.

2018 03-09 SB Coast – Patchy fog was present along the coast for the start of the trip today, but as we went westward to find cetaceans the fog got quite dense.  Despite these conditions Captain Dave and his crew located 3 gray whales, 4 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 400 long-beaked common dolphins. The first encounter was with bottlenose dolphins … Read More

Great weather, great marine mammals.

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

Bottlenose dolphins were among the three kinds of cetaceans seen today.

2018 03-08 SB Coast – A single Condor Express private charter trip left the harbor just after noon and found gorgeous blue skies with calm seas.  Sightings included: 30 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 300 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales. About 1 mile out from the harbor, a pair of whales was found on its northbound migration, which most of … Read More

A massive display of wildlife today

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

Long-beaked common dolphins located in the midst of all the whale action today.

2018 02-25 SB Coast – Spectacular weather and sea conditions made for great wildlife watching today.  Captain Dave and his second Captain Tasha located the following:  5 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 250 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 8 gray whales. It was but a few minutes after departing Santa Barbara Harbor that we encountered the first of our gray … Read More

Plenty of whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins

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

One of at least 20 curious inshore bottlenose dolphins seen today.

2018 02-24 SB Coast – Captain Dave ran two highly successful whale watching trips. One left Santa Barbara Harbor at 9am, the other at 12 noon.  Totals for the day included:  700 long-beaked common dolphins, 20+ inshore bottlenose dolphins, 7 gray whales and 50 or so California sea lions.  Hooray!  The breezy conditions which plagued us all week died off … Read More