The same 2 humpback whales go wild again. Wow!

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Humpback whales go wild again Two humpback whales “mugged” the Condor Express repeatedly today. Captain Eric ran to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again due to reports of rough seas out at the islands. As he did yesterday, he found the white tailed mother and her juvenile busy lunge feeding on the surface. At one point the juvenile rolled over … Read More

Two Happy Humpback Whales Enjoyed by All

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Captain Eric and the crew report another calm, flat sunny day on the feeding grounds today and there were two humpbacks whales watched closely. One was the prop scar whale that did all the jumping earlier this week, and its pal is the whale with the all white tail. Today seemed to be more of a “digesting and lounging” day, … Read More

Perfect sea conditions and lots of surface whale feeding

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The anchovy populations took advantage of the glassy, sunny zero wind day to come up and bask in the sun. Perhaps they wanted to snack on a few copepods or other planktonic life on such a nice day. Little did they know that congregating on the surface would ultimately prove to be a very bad idea. Captain Dave and the … Read More

“Prop Scar” Humpback Whale Breaches again today!

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Prop Scar Humpback whale breaches again today. With at least 500 common dolphins in the area all day long, and between 5 and 6 Minke whales, the Condor Express ventured to the feeding grounds again today. Regular readers of the blog will know that we frequently see a mature humpback whale with a very pronounced and deep propeller scar, and … Read More

Breaching and feeding – it’s the Humpback Whale Show

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Nine humpback whale thrilled all on board the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel today. There were all sorts of behaviors to enjoy. Hunger was high on the minds of these whales again today, and surface lunge feeding was everywhere. I continue to wonder where all these anchovies are coming from this year. One of the whales breached repeatedly … Read More

Plenty of humpback whales and dolphins too

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8 humpbacks+ 500 commons Again the Condor Express had the good weather and sea conditions on its side as it hit the feeding grounds. Today we saw a total of 8 humpback whales, and most of them were actively engaged in surface lunge feeding on anchovy schools. Among the beasts we watch one “show off” that breached multiple times and … Read More

Humpback whales lunge feed close up and personal

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Many of you loyal readers are no doubt getting tired of hearing me say that it was yet another gorgeous, flat, calm and ideal whale watching day in the Santa Barbara Channel today. But it was. This past month or so has brought us more drop dead days that I can ever recall making our Fall whale watching the best … Read More

Whale counts keep rising in the Santa Barbara Channel

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Earlier we were thrilled to see 5 nice, active humpback whales on a great trip. Then is went to 7 humpback whales. Yesterday it jumped to 10, and today it was 12 humpback whales watched closely with more spouts in the area within binocular range. It definitely looks like the central coast whales are making a move to the Santa … Read More

Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN in the Santa Barbara Channel

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Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN Fantastic clear, blue and sunny skies today across the Santa Barbara Channel made it possible for us to spot a whopping 6 humpback whales on the feeding grounds today. Among the beasts we had Rope (our humpback mascot) and that mother with the split dorsal fin calf we call “Nick.” Everyone was … Read More

Humpback Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express

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Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express There were four humpback whales out on the feeding grounds of the northeast Santa Barbara Channel today. Two of them consisted of our mascot, Rope, and her pal. You may recall that they have been exceedingly friendly to the boat these past few weeks. Today was no exception, and they came over to … Read More