Looks were fantastic as humpbacks, Dall’s Porpoise and Common Dolphins were watched.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale breaching in the Santa Barbara Channel. ©Robert Perry

2018 12-09 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew encountered flat seas, mostly sunny skies and great “4-island” visibility.  Sightings included 3+ humpback whales, 10 Dall’s porpoises and 750 long-beaked common dolphins.  The looks were fantastic. On the way southbound towards Santa Cruz Island a single whale was located.  It was a bit shy and moving slowly east.  A group … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

Risso's dolphins were among the 5 species of cetaceans spotted today.

2018 11-18 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew racked-up an amazing array of cetaceans with awesome sightings of each species.  Totals for the trip included 4 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 35 Risso’s dolphins, and 30 Dall’s porpoise.  Seas were calm and the water was very clear. Five different species of cetaceans were watched … Read More

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

Seven fins, two grays and some porpoises.

Bob PerryCondor Express, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, whale watching california

A gray whale in clear water.

2018 02-16 SB Channel – Captain Dave and his crew once again found excellent sea and weather conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express located and closely watched the following:  7 fin whales, 2 gray whales and 4 Dall’s porpoises. The trip started by heading west and finding a single gray whale in the Channel outside UCSB.  … Read More

Fin whales steal the show

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale

Common dolphins in clear, blue water.

2018 01-05 SB Channel – Although seas were very smooth and glassy, there was dense fog all day.  The “good” spots might have had as much as ¼ mile visibility, yet somehow Captain Eric and his crew, with a little help from their friends, had an amazing day.  Sightings included closely watching: 6 fin whales, 150 long-beaked common dolphins and … Read More

Dall’s porpoises and lots more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale

A fantastic Dall's porpoise encounter again today...and more!

2017 12-30 SB Channel Dolphins, porpoises, the Cave and a whale…all in a day’s work.  There were patches of near zero visibility fog with low gray stratus skies.  A scant few small “sucker holes” of sun were encountered, but not enough to change the color palate or warm things up.  Be that as it may, Captain Dave and the crew … Read More

Dolphins, porpoises and gray whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Another day with Dall's porpoise in the Santa Barbara Channel. Great to see!

2017 12-29 SB Channel As we waited at the dock for our departure this morning a large osprey was perched on a sailboat mast just behind the Condor Express.  I considered this to be a good omen.  The Santa Barbara Channel was mill pond glassy smooth most of the day.  This included both north and south sides as well as … Read More

Whales, dolphins and porpoises

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A super high-speed cetacean: the elusive Dall's porpoise from today's trip.

2017 12-28 SB Channel Yet another calm, warm and sparkling winter day in the Santa Barbara Channel for finding wildlife.  Captain Dave and his crew pushed across the Santa Barbara Channel and into the Santa Cruz Channel and quite close to Santa Rosa Island.  Sightings for the day included: 15 Dall’s porpoise, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 3 gray whales. … Read More

16 blue whales, 7 humpback whales, 18 Dall’s porpoise and 500 long-beaked common dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

A high-speed Dall's porpoise.

2017 06-08 SB Channel Hold on to your binoculars, ladies and gentlemen.  16 blue whales, 7 humpback whales, 18 Dall’s porpoise and 500 long-beaked common dolphins were seen without the need of magnification today.  We are in the midst of a very hot time for whales and dolphins and each day unfolds new secrets. The day got started when the … Read More

Dall’s porpoise join us, as well as humpbacks and dolphins too

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara

A Dall's porpoise.

2017 05-20 SB Channel It was a sunny and gorgeous day for wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Totals for the day included 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 8 Dall’s porpoise, and 2 humpback whales. Things got started about a mile south of Santa Barbara Harbor when a large group of dolphins located the Condor Express.  The group was spread out … Read More