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

An Exhilarating Day

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

  2015 06-22 SB Channel Exhilarating !   Although it was a bright sunny day with a moderate “bump” on the surface, the real fun came around 11am when the westerly winds began to crank up and make white caps everywhere.   Exhilarating? you may ask.   My answer is yes, definitely, because it has been my good fortune to see many such … Read More

Humpbacks and Dolphins and the Cave

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, elegant tern, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, pacific harbor seal, sea lion

  2015 06-17 SB Channel Another mega day for humpback whales and common dolphins. After leaving the sea lions on the Santa Barbara visitors bureau welcoming buoy in our wake, it was not long before the keen eyes of deck hand Eric spotted some dolphin and humpback whale activity ahead. Although the activity was spread out and highly moveable, we … Read More

9 humpback whales and nearly 3000 dolphins plus turquoise water

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, shearwaters

  2015 06-03 SB Channel Milky turquoise water color pervaded the nearshore regions and returned to a typical oceanic blue out 4 miles or so. Even so, there were occasional streaks of this discoloration.   I suspect it is some species of phytoplankton that is blooming and will attempt to grab a plankton sample tomorrow if all conditions are good. Water … Read More

Springtime (and little cetacean calves) is in the air

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, elegant tern, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 05-08 SB Coast Captain Dave commanded two excursions into the coastal waters of Santa Barbara today, 9 am and 12 noon.   Unlike yesterday, the wind had died down and the swells subsided. It was partly cloudy with little sunny patches, but cool out on the water. All this spelled excellent conditions for Spring whale watching. And Spring was very … Read More

A Nat Geo Kinda Day

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, California gray whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, gray whale mother and calf, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf

  2015 05-01 SB Coast We ran two fantastic adventures into the Santa Barbara Channel today: 9am and 12 noon. Cetacean fortune struck us on both excursions with sightings of gray whales, #dolphins, humpback #whales, sea lions, feeding hot spots, and a plethora of seabirds. 9am. Acting on intel from our pal, Dane, Captain Dave pointed the Condor Express at … Read More

Anchovy Slaughter in the Eastern Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whale, minke whale, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Anchovy Slaughter in the Eastern Channel “Top Notch,” the young adult humpback whale, was watched closely as it lunge-fed on the surface decimating a large school of northern anchovies.  The seabirds, including elegant terns, Brandt’s cormorants, black-vented shearwaters, gulls and (back by popular demand) brown pelicans worked in concert with the California sea lions and numerous long beaked common dolphins … Read More

Mirror and rippled glass ocean full of life

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whale, phalaropes, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Mirror and rippled glass ocean full of life The adventure began under sunny blue skies and a rippled ocean surface.  There was a wind driven swell from the west that hardly anyone noticed, especially when we were riding the waves down hill to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel.  There were more pods and larger pods of long beaked common dolphins … Read More