A large Mola mola, 6 humpback whales and 750 dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

A large Mola mola, similar to the one we watched today except this Mola (from summer 2016) had a bite taken out of its tail fin.

2017 07-17 SB Channel Skies were covered all day by a high stratus layer, and seas were extremely calm.  Captain Eric and his team set-up and got great looks at:  6 humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 large Mola mola (ocean sunfish).  The excursion today made good sightings on both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel. The inaugural … Read More

El Niño and Whales

Bob Perryamazing ocean, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel

  Regular readers of our sightings reports may be wondering why there has been a lack of posts so far in 2016.  The new year has begun with a series of long-awaited El Niño related storms.   Each of these storms has generated very large ocean swells and strong winds.   Not exactly ideal wildlife watching conditions.  So it is that the … Read More

Gluttony on the high seas – massive humpback lunging session

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

  2015 06-25 SB Channel NOTE: “Gluttony” may be a bit anthropomorphic, but it helps me relate to you the spectacular humpback whale feeding episodes we witnessed today out past Charlie. There was dense fog in our neck of the Santa Barbara Channel, in fact the NOAA fog website showed the whole darned place fogged in. At times our lateral … Read More

TONS of humpback whales, dolphins (and a nice Cave trip)

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

  2015 06-18 SB Channel There was a thick marine stratus layer most of the day and as we departed Santa Barbara there was a light breeze from the west. Sea conditions were great. At 10:30am, about 2 miles south of the Harbor, Captain Eric kept the Condor Express in good visual range of about 200 long-beaked common dolphins. Our … Read More

A Fantastic Sunny Day for Cetaceans (and Pelicans too)

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Sea birds, sea lion, Velella velella

  2015 05-20 SB Channel Our first sighting of the excursion came along quite soon after Captain Eric took the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara. It was a mix of at least 500 long-beaked common dolphins and a lot of California sea lions spread out over a wide area and containing mostly mothers with their calves. This is always … Read More

Humpback Whales put on a Show on the North Side of the Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 05-19 SB Channel Captain Dave headed out into the Santa Barbara Channel in search of #whales and #dolphins today. Near More Mesa he spotted the first humpback whale spouts. There were whales stretched all the way up to Campus Point, and 8 were watched closely today. Much of the action occurred within hot spots where anchovies were being concentrated … Read More

Whales and Wind and Dolphins too

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara

2015 05-07 SB Coast A moderate breeze tore through the coastal zone today as the edge of a very late winter storm (that will probably produce a lot more wind than rain) began to show itself. Wind waves were 4 feet or so from the west, but this did not deter our crafty and multitalented Captain Dave from gingerly heading … Read More

A Fresh Breeze Deters Neither Gray Whales, Dolphins or the Condor Express

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel

  2015 05-06 SB Coast Captain Dave ran one trip on the Condor Express today, departing scenic Santa Barbara at 12 noon to search for wildlife in the abundant waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Dave’s “eyes and ears” man, deckhand Augie, quickly spotted a small yet active pod of about 100 long-beaked common dolphins about a half mile east … Read More