12 Humpback Whales put on a great show

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching trips

The Fall whale season is still vibrant and strong. Today the Condor Express watched at least 12 humpback whales. These whales really stirred up the water and gave all on board a fabulous aquatic mammal show. To start with, 3 of the knobby-headed beasts breached several times, sending spray flying everywhere and a thunderous sound. There was also a mother … Read More

Humpback whale antics thrill everyone again

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching cruise

Captain Eric reports ideal conditions today, although there was a small 3 foot swell, but with no wind on top of the swell it was great for whale watching. Whereas yesterday we had the monster anchovy schools on the surface with lots of surface feeding, today was more like a play day for the humpback whales. There were 8 humpback … Read More

Fall Humpback Whales

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching

Again we encountered “drop dead gorgeous” sea conditions with warm, sunny skies and crystal clear water. The humpback whales continue to flock to the Santa Barbara Channel to feast on the abundant northern anchovy schools. (Pardon the pun; I said “flock” with the long pectoral wings of a humpback in mind). Today we had between 8 and 10 humpback whales … Read More

Humpback whale sets new Santa Barbara Channel record for pectoral fin slaps

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, whale watching trips

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A humpback whale set a new Santa Barbara Channel record for pectoral fin slaps today with 114 consecutive slams. In addition, extra “style points” had to be awarded for using both the right pectoral fin and the left pectoral fin. At several points in the episode one could see the humpback whale upside down with both pectorals in the air … Read More

The Fall Feeding Frenzy Continues in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara

After some brief morning fog, the conditions became sunny with calm seas again today. A total of 8 humpback whales were watched closely, along with 5 Minke whales and at least 500 common dolphins. There were hot spots of feeding with whales, dolphins and sea birds throughout the area. Among the most engaging humpback whales, we had our pal “Rope” … Read More

Whale counts keep rising in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

Earlier we were thrilled to see 5 nice, active humpback whales on a great trip. Then is went to 7 humpback whales. Yesterday it jumped to 10, and today it was 12 humpback whales watched closely with more spouts in the area within binocular range. It definitely looks like the central coast whales are making a move to the Santa … Read More

An excellent “Indian Summer” California whale watching adventure.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, Southern California whale watching, Uncategorized

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An excellent “Indian Summer” whale watch adventure. It was hard to travel very far on the Condor Express today without dozens of pesky common dolphins coming over and doing their tricks. After all, we were headed to the northeast Santa Barbara Channel to find the big whales, and these little guys are so adorable and they were particularly beautiful to … Read More

Glutenous humpback whales feed all around the Condor Express

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Glutenous humpback whales feed all around the Condor Express Among the 4 humpback whales we watched closely in the northeastern Santa Barbara Channel today, we saw our friend “Rope” who was with our other recent buddy “Chompers.” The two humpbacks performed surface lunge feeding very close to the Condor Express for over an hour. Everyone had the unique experience of … Read More