Mother fin whale and her calf, a half dozen blue whales plus dolphins too

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

One of three fin whales we watched among the giant blues today.

2018 07-22 SB Channel East The giants were assembled on the grounds again today in larger numbers.  The hot spot was north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, south of The Lanes.  Captain Tasha and her crew located 6+ blue whales, 3 fin whales, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny all day. The air was subtropical.  … Read More

Seas were calm. Whales were giant.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel

One of several blue giants we watched today.

2018 07-20 SB Channel – East The thin marine layer clouds soon burned off and the day was clear and warm.  Seas were calm.  Captain Dave and the crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel on a southeasterly heading and located a whale area off the northern face of West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched sightings included 3 blue whales, 1 … Read More

Awesome blue whale in crystal clear, blue water…and more!

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale is seen in its entirety in the transparent water today.

2018 07-19 SB Channel – East The ocean was very flat and calm today with lots of spots that were mill pond glassy.  Captain Dave and his crew ran down to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again and located 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 4 Minke whales, and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whale and dolphin sightings … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins!

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Dorsal fin of a huge fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 07-17 SB Channel – East Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 1 fin whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 offshore bottlenose dolphins.  The trip today ran southeast down to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny soon after. Upon arrival at the … Read More

Excellent conditions, excellent sightings

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale

Multiple blue whale spouts

2018 07-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reported excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today with sunny skies and very flat, calm seas.  Mammal sightings were, once again, terrific.  8+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 humpback whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today. The first sightings were south of The Lanes off the coast of beautiful … Read More

Five giant blue whales, a big fin whale and several hundred dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel

Pacific harbor seals are often seen in the harbor. I guess they don't call them "harbor" seals for nothing.

2018 07-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express encountered sunny skies today.  It was breezy out in the southern part of the Santa Barbara Channel, but very nice and calm in the northern half.  The following closely watched cetaceans were reported:  5 blue whales, 1 fin whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. South of The … Read More

Six different cetacean species

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island

Bottlenose dolphin in clear blue water

2018 07-03 SB Channel – West Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up in the middle of the north coast of beautiful Santa Rosa Island. It has been a while since we last visited our second largest southern California island. Sightings for the day were phenomenal with 6 different species of cetaceans.  Total numbers … Read More

Giant blue whales, huge fin whales and many hundreds of dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

"Porpoising" California sea lions are always in the mix when ocean hot spots develop. They feed on the same food (anchovies) as common dolphins, and mimic their high speed leaps.

2018 07-02 SB Channel The big whales are still around.  Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 2 fin whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins today. California sea lions were everywhere the dolphins went.  Per usual, this count does not include animals “in the neighborhood” that we did not stop and get looks … Read More