Gray Whale Calves, Bottlenose and Pacific-White Sided Dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara

  2015 04-16 SB Coast Two trips. Two exciting excursions. Bright sun, light breeze, mixed swells from southeast and west. Fun had by all. 12 noon. Three coastal bottlenose dolphins watched from the green buoy well into the East Beach anchorage. Outside of that position, Eric spotted a mother gray whale and her calf which we followed past the Lighthouse … Read More

It Must Be Spring: Mothers and Babies of all Kinds Today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  2015 04-15 SB Coast Mothers and Calves Day must have been declared in the Santa Barbara Channel today because we had the good fortune to see the following mothers with their calves: humpback whales, gray whales, and long-beaked common dolphins. It must be Spring… punctuated by the fact that we saw the same pair of mother and calf long-beaked … Read More

Bottlenose Dolphins Interact with Mother Gray Whale & Calf

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

  We ran a single 2½ hour expedition today and found an amazing abundance of cetaceans and behaviors to observe. The weather ranged from zero wind and glassy surface waters to a very light breeze with rippled surface. Captain Dave took the Condor Express west from Santa Barbara Harbor. Our first cetacean of the day was a single juvenile gray … Read More

Cetaceans of all kinds on a sunny, calm day.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, humpback whale, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lion

2015 04-12 SB Coast Captain Eric was at the helm again today and this time he steered the mighty Condor Express on two excursions:   9am and 12 noon.   Calm seas, very light breeze at times, sunny and warm: a great day for marine mammal watching. 9am West of Santa Barbara Harbor we found a pod of at least 25 Pacific … Read More

The Gray Whale Calves (and Moms) are Getting Frisky

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

2015 04-11 SB Coast Captain Eric was at the helm and guided our cetacean fans through three amazing adventures today: 9a, 12n and 3p. Here are the details: 9am. Twelve bottlenose coastal dolphins, 100 long-beaked common #dolphins, 25 Pacific white-sided dolphins and 1 southbound juvenile gray whale. Noon. Four bottlenose dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 30 Pacific white-sided dolphins and … Read More

Gray Whale Calves and More !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

2015 04-10 SB Coast We ran two trips today, 9am and 12 noon.  There was a light breeze with periods of glassy water all day long. The high clouds kept the air temperature moderate, and the filtered sun made it nice to view the marine mammals. At 9am we located 3 gray whales south of Santa Barbara Harbor and they … Read More

Arrival of Gray Whale Mothers with Calves !!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

2015 04-09 SB Coast Captain Dave took the helm of the Condor Express and ran one excellent 2½ hour whale watch excursion today.  And what an excursion it was ! First, there was just about zero wind and little to no swells of any kind. Second, it was a warm 72°F day and third, all the marine mammals were abundant … Read More

10 + 800 + 200 = spectacular whale watching today

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, channel islands, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales

10 + 800 + 200 = spectacular whale watching today The Condor Express motored across the Santa Barbara Channel in thick fog.  Things were looking bad, but lo and behold, within a mile or so of our destination (Santa Cruz Island), the skies cleared and it was sunny and nice.  The first sighting was of a very large, spread out … Read More

2 nice gray whales and a lot of dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whales

Gray whales and a lot of dolphins Not far out of Santa Barbara Harbor the Condor Express played with a group of at least 1,500 common dolphins.  As usual, these friendly cetaceans rode the bow, surfed the wake, and generally dazzled and delighted everyone on board.  Next we ran across the to world famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, … Read More