Humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions on a sunny day in the Channel.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback and dolphins.

2018 10-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express searched the Santa Barbara Channel and came up with a great trip full of wonderful sightings.  1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions were closely watched today.  The day was sunny but included a moderate bump and swell. The first groups of … Read More

Humpbacks, commons and Risso’s today.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

A Risso's dolphin breached repeatedly today.

2018 10-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located 3 different species of cetaceans today and had great look at them all.  In addition to 2 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 Risso’s dolphins were also closely watched.  Seas were calm, skies were mostly clear.  This was a private charter cruise for cruise … Read More

Humpbacks, dolphins and…..ORCAs !

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, killer whale

Captain Dave snapped this photo of the friendly killer whales today with his iPhone.

2018 09-29 SB Channel The ocean conditions were sunny and calm, perfect for locating and watching 5 killer whales, 5 humpback whales, 1 blue shark and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. All of the action took place on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel. The killer whales were located about 4 miles off UCSB.  There was 1 big male … Read More

8 humpbacks with plenty of great behaviors.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

A friendly humpback whale pays a visit to its fan club.

2018 09-28 SB Channel A couple of nice breaches off the western end of Santa Cruz Island guided Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express into a nice activity zone.  Skies were overcast all day and, consequently, the sea surface was flat and calm.  Totals for the day included: 8 humpback whales (more in the area) and 700 … Read More

Three humpback whales, one breacher…and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, sea lion

Breaching humpback whale.

2018 09-27 SB Channel Captain Dave ran a bit west, then out to the south.  Most of the action was only about 4 miles off Campus Point.  Skies were mostly overcast with a moderate breeze.  The sun came out late in the trip.  Sightings for the day included: 1 Minke whale, 3 humpback whales, 800 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 … Read More

Humpback mother and calf redux.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island

Mother humpback whale and her calf

2018 09-26 SB Channel It was another great trip across the Santa Barbara Channel to Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island, where we visited with the same humpback mother and calf that we saw yesterday.  1500 long-beaked common dolphins were also watched.  Skies began overcast but things got nice and sunny fast.  Seas were just a tiny big choppy. Again the … Read More

Mother humpback and her calf go berserk.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

A humpback whale swam up close to the Condor Express, rolled over to expose its ventral grooves, and slapped its long pectoral flippers. Wow!

2018 09-25 SB Channel Overcast skies stayed with us most of the day until we got on the hotspot out near Santa Rosa Island. Seas were calm in the north Channel and a little breezy in the south. Sightings for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 Risso’s dolphins and about 500 California sea lions. There … Read More

A mother humpback and her calf plus so much more.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, sea lion

A mother humpback whale and her calf.

2018 09-23 SB Channel – West A private whale watch charter hit the jackpot as a wide region of scattered humpbacks and dolphins kept everyone busy with binoculars and cameras.  There was a broken stratus layer that gave way to more sun than cloud around 1130 am.  The sea surface was calm and mostly glassy. The action took place northeast … Read More

Humpbacks get into a feeding frenzy with dolphins and sea lions.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

A surface lunge-feeding humpback whale surrounded by shearwaters.

2018 09-22 SB Channel Today’s excursion took us to the western coastal region near Platform Holly, then on a big loop out past the mid-Channel NOAA buoy before heading home.  A deep marine layer and mill pond glass surface persisted until 130pm, and then it got sunny with a slight breeze.  Most of the action took place from Holly and … Read More