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

Bob PerryCalifornia, California gray whale, California Whale Watching, Condor Express, killer whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

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

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

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

Humpback Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express

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

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Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express There were four humpback whales out on the feeding grounds of the northeast Santa Barbara Channel today. Two of them consisted of our mascot, Rope, and her pal. You may recall that they have been exceedingly friendly to the boat these past few weeks. Today was no exception, and they came over to … Read More

Drop Dead Gorgeous Day with Santa Barabara Channel Full of Life

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion, Southern California whale watching

Drop Dead Gorgeous & Full of Life Wow! What conditions we had this morning as we left the dock at 8am heading for the northeast Channel. Clear blue skies, oily glass surface, zero wind and a perfect temperature…excellent conditions for spotting spouts. Not long after we cleared the offshore oil platform rig line the amount of life in the water … Read More

Humpback Whales and Minke whale sightings on the rise today

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

Humpback Whales and Minke whale sightings on the rise today With ideal whale watch conditions in the northeast Santa Barbara Channel again today, we were blessed with some amazing total whale sightings. We closely watched 5 humpback whales and there were at least 3 more within visual range. One of the whales we knew from its prominent deep prop scars … Read More

Again, Santa Barbara whale watching is the hot spot.

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whale, minke whale, Uncategorized

Summary: 1 Humpback Whale 2 Minke Whales 500 Long beaked Common Dolphins 1,000 Short beaked Common Dolphins 150 California Sea Lions 2 Pacific Harbor Seals 3,500 Surf Scoters (close to Sta Cruz Island) The mighty Condor Express ran towards the east Channel today looking for hot spots of Santa Barbara whale watching activity. Captain Dave Beezer broke his foot, was … Read More

Last whale watching cruise until Nov 21

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

Last whale watching cruise until Nov 21 Today was our last whale watching cruise until Wed. Nov. 21, as we will be hauling out and in the boat yard for annual maintenance and inspections. But, boy oh boy, what a whale watching cruise we had today. It was a bright, clear and sunny day with visibilities so great you could … Read More

California Humpback whales in the Santa Barbara area continue to thrill whale fans.

Bob PerryCalifornia, humpback whale

California Humpback whales in Santa Barbara California Humpback whales in Santa Barbara area continue to thrill whale fans daily. A warm, clear, sunny summer-like day out on the Santa Barbara Channel brought the California humpback whales to the near eastern portion of the feeding area today. Among the 3 humpback whales was our friend “Rope,” who, by coincidence, had a … Read More