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

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

A massive and active hot spot in the north Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, phalaropes, sea lion, shearwaters

So many whales today. They were seen in various sized groups. Here's a trio.

2018 09-21 SB Channel The northern Santa Barbara Channel (that portion closest to Santa Barbara Harbor) exploded with whales, dolphins and sea lions today.  They were joined by thousands of elegant terns, black-vented shearwaters, phalaropes, gulls, pelicans and a few jaegers.  It was the most massive and active hot spot that I can recall in this region of the Channel.  … Read More

Spectacular day with 9 humpbacks, plus both long- and short-beaked common dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, sea lion

A humpback whale sent some nice spray flying with its tail-flick today

2018 09-20 SB Channel Captain Dave summed it up: “There was never a time today when we were not involved in wildlife viewing.” That’s what you get when you have sunny skies and a glassy ocean surface alongside a wonderful wildlife invasion.  Totals for closely-watched species included 9 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1500 short-beaked common dolphins, and 250+ … Read More

Amazing array of marine mammals today

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

One of the many friendly humpback whales we saw today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2019 09-19 SB Channel Surprisingly, things started out with patches of dense fog and a moderate bump on the surface, but from the mid-Channel and beyond the sun was shining and the surface calmed down.  These conditions permitted the Condor Express staff to locate and closely watch an amazing array of marine mammals today, including: 8 humpback whales*, 3000 long-beaked … Read More