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 whales lunge feed close up and personal

Bob Perrychannel islands, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Many of you loyal readers are no doubt getting tired of hearing me say that it was yet another gorgeous, flat, calm and ideal whale watching day in the Santa Barbara Channel today. But it was. This past month or so has brought us more drop dead days that I can ever recall making our Fall whale watching the best … 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

Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales

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

humpback whale

Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales! It was drop dead gorgeous in the northeastern Channel today. Calm seas, light to zero winds, bright and sunny skies prevailed. All this made seeing spouts very easy and enjoyable. Although 3 humpback whales were watched closely. there were many more spouts in the area. Among the three humpbacks, we had our … Read More

Mother and calf humpback whales greet their aluminum buddy.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Southern California whale watching

Mother and calf humpback whales greet their aluminum buddy. It was still quite bumpy on the south side of the Channel near Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands today. Although the Condor Express did make some headway to the west initially after departing Santa Barbara harbor, the bumpy ride was increasing and Captain Dave turned it to the southeast. Again … Read More

Humpback whales crown a gorgeous day on the Channel !

Bob Perrychannel islands, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Captain Dave followed his instincts and ran east. Here the Condor Express found itself in some amazing masses of marine life. Various bird experts have been talking about the astonishing number of sooty and black-vented shearwaters in this area. One estimated flock was nearly 10,000 individuals sitting together on the glassy ocean surface. Shearwaters come to the Channel to moult … Read More

Minke whales steal the show again.

Bob Perrychannel islands, minke whale, whale watching trips

Captain Mat reports from the Condor Express that the excursion today ran the Channel in search of whales. Hot spots were checked for the big guys. In the process, over 3,500 common dolphins were seen today. This strategy paid off with looks at 5 fabulous Minke whales. As we saw yesterday, these normally shy whales were again friendly and easy … Read More

City whale, country whale and a ‘tweener whale.

Bob Perrychannel islands, whale watching trips

City whale, country whale and a ‘tweener whale. Captain Mat headed out of Santa Barbara Harbor for regions to the south. The ocean was flat calm and glassy; skies were overcast. It was Fiesta time in Santa Barbara and to celebrate, Captain Mat went to a seabird activity spot about 1/4th mile out from the Harbor. Sooty shearwaters, Brandt’s cormorants, … Read More