Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, channel islands, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel

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.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise

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

The same 2 humpback whales go wild again. Wow!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

Humpback whales go wild again Two humpback whales “mugged” the Condor Express repeatedly today. Captain Eric ran to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again due to reports of rough seas out at the islands. As he did yesterday, he found the white tailed mother and her juvenile busy lunge feeding on the surface. At one point the juvenile rolled over … 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

“Prop Scar” Humpback Whale Breaches again today!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Prop Scar Humpback whale breaches again today. With at least 500 common dolphins in the area all day long, and between 5 and 6 Minke whales, the Condor Express ventured to the feeding grounds again today. Regular readers of the blog will know that we frequently see a mature humpback whale with a very pronounced and deep propeller scar, and … Read More

Humpback Whale Behavioral Repertoire Goes Ballistic

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

Humpback Whale Show a Treat While I was stuck behind my desk at work, Captain Dave and the crew were out there enjoying the fine sunny weather and calm seas. A total of 7 humpback show-stoppers were watched today, including a very friendly mother and calf that approached the boat quite closely several times. The instigator for all the action … Read More

Our humpback whales are still at it!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, whale watching

After a few days off doing regularly scheduled maintenance and a tiny trickle of local rain, the Condor Express set a course for the humpback whale hot spot again today. Good news: our humpback whales are still at it ! Sea conditions were quite nice considering the thunderous winds to the east of the Santa Barbara Channel. None of these … Read More

Mother and calf put on a show in the Santa Barbara Channel

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

Today we watched a “new” (not recognized by us previously) mother and her calf in the east Santa Barbara Channel. Conditions for whale watching were good, and the big winds stayed outside the Channel Islands and west of us. The cow-calf pair stayed with us for over an hour, and the calf did what calves will do…stayed close to mom … Read More

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