Fantastic stuff! Whales jumping, porpoises zooming and thousands of dolphins, too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales

2018 10-19 SB Channel Wow, what a string of great weather and sea conditions we’ve been experiencing in the Santa Barbara Channel this week!  It was drop-dead gorgeous again today, with tons of wildlife to watch as well.  Sightings included: 8+ humpback whales, 4 Dall’s porpoise, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 elephant seal. Fantastic stuff. Captain Dave and the … Read More

Humpbacks make a big fuss amidst thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

One of the friendly trio of humpback whales seen today. iPhone photo by Capt. Dave.

2018 10-18 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express worked the northwestern region of the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Sightings included 3 (very active) humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. All the action took place about 8 miles out from El Capitán point.  Seas were calm, skies were sunny and bright.  Our first encounter was … Read More

Two species of whales and over a thousand dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Sea cliffs near the western end of Santa Cruz Island (Profile Point)

2018 10-17 SB Channel We’ve had a great stretch of weather in the Channel and today was another nice one. It was sunny and it was calm. Captain Dave and his crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up west of Santa Cruz Island. Total sightings included:  2 humpback whales, one Minke whale, and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

Lots of whales and dolphins on a drop-dead gorgeous day

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

It's fun when all the life gets together.

2018 10-14 SB Channel It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day with flat, calm seas and abundant wildlife.  Sightings today included 6 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express concentrated their efforts on a productive region between the mid-Channel NOAA buoy and a nice spot south of The Lanes. One whale … Read More

Mother and calf breach simultaneously many times in a row.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf

Breaching female humpback whale.

2018 10-12 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran a late-departure private whale watch charter cruise today. Given the late departure, the afternoon breeze was just starting to pick up a bit, but it was otherwise a gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel.  All of the action took place within 5 miles of Santa Barbara Harbor.  Sightings included:  … Read More

Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea … Read More

A nice trip to Santa Rosa Island results in great whale sightings

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

A mob of sea lions gathers on the surface above feeding humpback whales below

2018 10-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew ran across the entire Santa Barbara Channel to locate wildlife today.  Skies were covered by a high cloud layer, but seas were flat and calm.  Totals included 6 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 75 California sea lions. On our trip out several large pods of dolphins located the Condor … Read More

Another sunny day with whales and dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf

Mother humpback and her calf.

2018 10-07 SB Channel Today brought us close looks at 3 humpback whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was a sunny day with a little bump on the water from the western Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Tasha and her crew kept the search pattern mostly in the northern half of the Channel. Dolphins located the Condor Express when it … Read More

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