Calm seas result in gray whale mating.

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gray whale mating

Calm seas result in gray whales mating. The  trip across the Santa Barbara Channel was smooth as silk today and we were lucky today to see gray whale mating.  A few seabirds such as phalaropes and shearwaters were observed mostly resting on the surface.  Later a northern fulmar sitting on the glassy surface would approach the Condor Express as we … Read More

An all time epic “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel

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Killer day in the Santa Barbara Channel An all time epic or “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel As the Condor Express headed south out of Santa Barbara Harbor we were met with a mill pond flat glass sea surface, no wind and long sleeve tee shirt weather.  The water was clear and blue, and the above water vistas … Read More

Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island

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Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island We zipped across a rather choppy Santa Barbara Channel with a few white caps today, on our way towards the very fertile whale grounds of Santa Cruz Island. We played briefly with 4 Dall’s porpoises around the middle of the Channel. The great news is that once we were within a … Read More

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More.

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Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More You may have heard the story of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan who, back in the day, was supposed to fly from New York to Long Beach, California. He landed in Ireland claiming heavy clouds and navigational errors. Well today we had two “Wrong Way Corrigan” gray whales. This is the time of … Read More

Five gray whales, Rissos dolphins, Dall’s Porpoise and lots more

Bob PerryCalifornia, California gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, whale watching trips

Across to beautiful Santa Cruz Island we went today, and it was clear enough to see all 4 of the Channel Islands. At the mid-Channel point we encountered 5 wonderful little Dall’s Porpoise and circled around with them a few times. This is our first Dall’s sighting of the Winter. About 3 miles north of the island we ran alongside … Read More

One great trip with 3 pairs of gray whales….and dolphins too.

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The Condor rolled out on its noon adventure to find calm seas and sunny skies and it wasn’t long before she had 3 gray whales cow-calf pairs with great looks at all six whales. Along the way Captain Dave also reports being mugged by about 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins. Wow! Tomorrow the Condor sails at 9am and again at 3pm. … Read More

Gray whale migration still on the move plus common dolphins run amok!

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, gray whale, gray whale migration, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise

The latest on the gray whale migration. Three gray whales were observed in the gray whale migration back to their feeding grounds in Alaska today, but the real fun was the dolphin show. Approximately 1500 common dolphins were seen engaged in feeding behavior which included leaping, jumping, slashing upside down through the water and driving the little bait fish crazy. … Read More

Another great day with a Gray Whale breach

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Captain Dave reports from the Condor that two trips ran today and a total of 7 gray whales including a Gray Whale breach. They were mostly young gray whales judging by their size, were closely observed. In addition, approximately 20 bottlenose dolphins were encountered to the delight of all on board. On the last trip of the afternoon a young … Read More

More breaching Gray Whales today

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Captain Dave reports from the Condor, which ran two trips today, that a total of 7 gray whales were closely observed. On the 12noon trip we had a whale take off an breach a couple of times which was a rare treat for all persons on board. Wow. best Bob Perry Condor Express