Minke Whales Pair and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

A Minke whale that patrolled a hot spot today

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 –  A light breeze with a heavy chop on the water soon increased to a bit more than a breeze and a wilder ride to the west-central region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  When the winds picked up the stratus blew away, as it usually does, so we had a mostly sunny excursion.  Captain Dave reduced … Read More

Whale tails from humpback whales

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

Humpback whale tail

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – The early morning stratus burned off right away and it became sunny all day. Seas were calm. This trip yielded the following close and substantial looks: 3 humpback whales, 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and hundreds of California sea lions, elegant terns, brown pelicans and sooty shearwaters. There were great humpback whale tails later in the … Read More

Humpback whales

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

Humpback whale with "pinky finger" tail deformity.

  It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2016 and we had a great whale watching excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel today.  The weather was overcast and skies were gray all day, and the wind started off near zero with glassy seas.  The seas picked up gradually as we moved further offshore and the morning turned to afternoon.  Captain Dave and his … Read More

August 2, 2016 – Santa Barbara Channel –

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara

Long-beaked common dolphin leaping across the glass

The continuous cacophony of hundreds of elegant terns calling back and forth all day provided a sharp musical accompaniment to the whale and common dolphin sightings.  Captain Eric, along with his deckhand, “ojos de águila” Auggie, located 4 main foci of activity starting just outside Santa Barbara harbor, and ending about 7 miles north of beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  Skies … Read More

July 21, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

2016 07-21 SB Channel A great day in the northern Channel with tons of humpback whales and long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Eric and his crew had a wonderful trip and there was never anything but a few minutes total in which dolphins were not all around the Condor Express.  Over 2,500 dolphins and 4 humpback whales were watched closely, with … Read More

Pelican crash diving signals whale hot spots

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, gray whales, humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

2016 04-01 SB Channel All three excursions into the Santa Barbara Channel were highly successful in part due to the warm skies and excellent sea conditions.  But it was also in part to the presence of so many kinds of marine mammals in our region and the ability of Captain Dave and his crew to find them.  One secret used … Read More

Surface Feeding Humpbacks and Much More

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, minke whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Pelagic Birds, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

  2015 08-18 SB Channel A thin marine layer pervaded our neck of the Santa Barbara Channel until well past 100 pm, but the warm (70.7F) glass water enhanced all the marine mammal sightings today. We started making tick marks about 2 miles south of the Harbor at 1020 am when we stopped for a medium-large Minke whale. The whale … Read More

Gluttony on the high seas – surface feeding humpbacks and dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, sea lion

  2015 07-16 SB Channel Today’s trip tally came in at 9 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, however the numbers to not tell much about what we saw. Read on… This trip was a 100pm to 530 pm afternoon trip. By 137 pm Captain Dave had us on approach to a very productive hot spot area about 8 … Read More