Gray Whale Calves Have a Party in Santa Barbara

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, Mola mola (ocean sunfish)

  2015 05-05 SB Coast Captain Dave turned west along the shoreline kelp beds after our brief visit with 8 Pacific harbor seals on the harbor bait barge and the usual California sea lions on the two entrance buoys.   With our pinniped checklist completed, all eyes were scanning the coast for cetaceans. Very quickly, near the old Santa Barbara Light … Read More

More Summer-like Weather for Whales and Dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, Mola mola, Santa Barbara, Velella velella

2015 04-30 SB Coast Captain Dave commanded two trips today: 9 am and 12 noon. The day was nice, with partly cloudy skies and little to no wind. It was hot when the cloudy part moved aside and let the sun hit the deck… 82F in the Harbor. Both trips had the good fortune of watching gray whale mothers and … Read More

Spy Hops, Rolls and a Stampede

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

  2015 04-29 SB Coast Captain Dave and Maestra Tasha handled the initial sightings that led to a fabulous excursion today as the Condor Express left from Santa Barbara Harbor at 12 noon. Eagle-eyed deckhand Tasha spied a large, 500+ member, pod of long-beaked common dolphins just outside the eastern boundary of the East Beach anchorage. The water was glassy … Read More

Glorious summer-like day full of wild animals

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

2015 04-28 SB Coast Captain Dave commanded the Condor Express for a single excursion leaving Santa Barbara Harbor at high noon for a showdown with the wildlife. It was warm and sunny, but things started off pretty windy.   Two good things about the wind: it died a lot during the trip and there was not much swell under it. It … Read More

Mother and Calf, Dolphins, Sea Lions and an Elephant Seal

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, sea lion

  2015 04-27 SB Coast Captain Eric and Augie put their best four combined eyes on the job today and their sightings added to an already spectacular day. (Tasha was busy in the Main Salon and Galley) The weekend winds subsided and left us with very light winds at noon, turning absolutely “mill pond” glassy by 1230. It was warm … Read More

The Gray Whale Mother-Calf Parade Continues…and More.

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

  2015 04-22 SB Coast It was a day with a glassy calm ocean surface and partly sunny skies. Captain Dave commanded two excursions out of Santa Barbara Harbor today: a 12 noon cruise ship charter, and a 3 pm trip open to the public. Here’s the breakdown: 12 noon. Near the bell buoy and harbor entrance we immediately got … Read More

Whales, Dolphins and Abundant Purple Sailors

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

  2015 04-21 SB Coast Mirror glass conditions persisted for most of the day in the northern Santa Barbara Channel today with only a very slight breeze starting up around 2 pm. There were overcast skies most of the day, with little “sucker holes” through which the sunshine peaked through to tease us all. Dave took the captain’s chair and, … Read More

2 Gray whale mother-calf pairs and a really BIG pod of dolphins

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

  2015 04-20 SB Coast Captain Eric lead one trip out of Santa Barbara Harbor today and it was a doosy.   Although we had sunny skies for this trip, it stated out a wee tad cool due to a nice breeze from the west, but as the trip went on, the wind flopped out and it was genuinely fantastic. Four … Read More

Two nice coastal excursions with plenty of marine mammals

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whale season

2015 04-19 SB Coast Captain Eric once again took charge of the mighty Condor Express and had two great whale watching trips today with a total of 6 gray whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 Pacific white-sided #dolphins. 9am. Four gray #whales which consisted of 2 mothers and their calves. The calves got frisky. There were bubble blasts, kelp … Read More