Lots of very active cetaceans

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, humpback whales

Humpback whale chin-slapping.

2018 10-21 SB Channel It was yet another fall classic with the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Skies were sunny and seas were calm. Captain Tasha and her crew sailed south beyond the Carpinteria oil rigs and found lots of very active cetaceans.  Sightings included 9 humpback whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Humpback whales have a wonderful … Read More

Humpbacks, Minke, and both short- and long-beaked dolphins

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

A friendly Minke whale.

2018 08-09 SB Channel Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express ran a course parallel to Santa Cruz Island, heading east to a point several miles north of Chinese Harbor.  Seas were glassy and calm.  The morning fog patches gave way to a high stratus layer with good surface lateral visibility.  Sightings included 1 Minke whale, 1300 long-beaked … Read More

Two blues on a blustery day with plenty of dolphins too

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor

A straight line of long-beaked common dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 06-09 SB Channel Today Captain Dave and his crew closely watched 2 giant blue whales and 700 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was a sunny day, but things got a bit blustery as we moved offshore, proving the old adage:  don’t be fooled by how nice and calm the seas are in and around the harbor.  It’s on days like … Read More

Eleven humpback whales and lots of common dolphins

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

Humpback in the breeze. (From an earlier Condor Express adventure)

2017 08-08 SB Channel Eleven humpback whales and 750 long-beaked common dolphins headed up the list of species and numbers for today’s excursion along the northwestern portion of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave kept his course heading to avoid the stronger winds and residual chop that persisted from overnight conditions.  It was sunny along the northwest, with light to … Read More

5 Marine Mammal Species

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Sea birds, sea lion

Nice tail fluke pattern from one of our humpback whales today.

2017 07-25 SB Channel-East Captain Dave and his crew ran far to the eastern end of the Santa Barbara Channel and found 5 marine mammal species along the way.  Totals for the day include: 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), 100 California sea lions, 100 short-beaked common dolphins, 100 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 Minke whales and 3 humpback whales.  Large flocks … Read More

Sightings today were phenomenal

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Pectoral fin-slapping humpback whale. (from a previous Condor Express excursion)

2017 07-15 SB Channel There was a late burn-off for the high stratus layer today, and a moderate breeze kicked up some action out near the islands.  These conditions, in fact, not only did not deter the ability of the Condor Express crew to locate wildlife, but actually enhanced it.  Sightings today were phenomenal and included the following:  6 humpback … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, Condor, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale with a Cascadia Research Collective suction cup data collecting tag. (Taken June 24, 2017)

2017 07-12 SB Channel Five different species of cetaceans were watched today, including: 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 blue whale, 6 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, and 600 long-beaked common dolphins.  A light stratus layer persisted for most of the day and allowed some warm but filtered light through to the deck.  Consequently, with no wind, the sea surface was … Read More

Annual Maintenance On The Condor Express

Scott MolesworthCalifornia gray whale, Condor, Condor Express, Fred Benko, gray whale migration, gray whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching california, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

Condor Express Whale Watching in Santa Barbara California takes great pride in their unique whale watching boat. We carry tens of thousands of people every year to see the amazing wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel and all around the Channel Islands. This special boat is a main reason Condor Express Whale Watching is ranked #1 by the Santa Barbara … Read More

Orcas !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, killer whale

2016 11-25 SB Channel It was a bumpy ride during the first half of the Santa Barbara Channel crossing, calming quite a bit in The Lanes. Here the choppy surface and big swells became a smooth surface with a long period (but still large) ground swell.  It was sunny thereafter.  The surprise and treat for the day was a group … Read More

Blue Whales still abundant in the Channel

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor, Condor Express, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel

Blue whale (From my Condor Express archives)

We ran a private whale watch charter for cruise ship passengers today with nice sea conditions. Captain Dave reported some light residual bumps on the surface today, but completely smoothing out as the Condor Express approached Santa Cruz Island mid-way through the trip.  Totals for today included 3 blue whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins and a large mob of at … Read More