Fantastic stuff! Whales jumping, porpoises zooming and thousands of dolphins, too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales

2018 10-19 SB Channel Wow, what a string of great weather and sea conditions we’ve been experiencing in the Santa Barbara Channel this week!  It was drop-dead gorgeous again today, with tons of wildlife to watch as well.  Sightings included: 8+ humpback whales, 4 Dall’s porpoise, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 elephant seal. Fantastic stuff. Captain Dave and the … Read More

An elephant seal, loads of whales, thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

An elephant seal on the open ocean.

2018 10-14 SB Channel Our adventure ran across the Santa Barbara Channel, stopping for wildlife, and ended up with a tour of the Santa Cruz Island sea cliffs.  It was drop-dead gorgeous with bright sun and calm seas.  Our sightings for the day included 9 humpback whales (more in the area), 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 400 short-beaked common dolphins and … Read More

Notes from our all-day whale watch with the American Cetacean Society

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, minke whale, San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Northern elephant seals and California sea lions on the sand at San Miguel Island today.

2017 07-29 SB Channel-All Day ACS Skies were overcast with a thick marine layer with some mist/drizzle in spots.  In the afternoon of this 8 ½ hour trip the sun finally broke out. The sea surface was mill pond glass for the first few hours.  As we moved towards the islands and beyond, and the day ran its course, a … Read More

Humpback whale mugs the boat…and more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel

A friendly humpback whale shows the side of its head and eyeball today.

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August 1, 2016 – Santa Barbara Channel –

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Cruz Island

One of several tiny long beaked common dolphin calves seen with their mothers today.

Captain Eric and his crew crafted a great excursion today which traversed the entire width of the Santa Barbara Channel and yielded a wide array of species sightings, including: 1 northern elephant seal, 14 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 flying fish, 2,000+ long-beaked common dolphins and 3 humpback whales. The conditions were excellent with a calm sea surface, little to no … Read More

Mill pond flat glass

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, ELEPHANT SEAL, fin whale, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, Velella velella

  2016 06-04 SB Channel Mill pond flat glass conditions today and the stratus lifted just enough to give us a few miles lateral visibility which was acceptable for spotting wildlife.  Captain Dave took the Condor Express south to The Flats where yesterday’s whale congregation had moved a few miles east.  They were off Santa Cruz Island today instead of … Read More

Loads of Humpbacks and Dolphins and a Friendly Elephant

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whale watching, whale watching california

  2015 08-10 SB Channel Flat, gorgeous sea conditions with no wind at all until after 100pm, and a marine layer that went away with the wind to reveal hot sunny skies, provided the backdrop for our excursion today. First, the totals: 12 humpback whales with many more spouts all around, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 500 short-beaked common dolphins, and … Read More