30 blue whales in the area. We closely watched 17…and more!

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

Blue whale spouting in the breeze.

2018 06-30 SB Channel High clouds in the morning gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon. The ocean surface was glassy and flat all day. Closely watched totals for the trip included: 17+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 700 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave estimates as many as 30 blue whales in the general area today. Our first … Read More

14+ giant blue whales, a fin whale and plenty of dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale spout.

2018 06-27 SB Channel The action has moved west along the north face of beautiful Santa Cruz Island and most of the wildlife is now a few miles out from the famous Painted Cave.  Today we closely watched 14 blue whales (at least 20 were in the area), 1 fin whale and 300 long-beaked common dolphins.  Overcast skies cleared quickly … Read More

A dozen blue whales and dolphins too

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

Juvenile blue whale named "Wave." iPhone photo ©Capt Tasha Sobol

2018 06-26 SB Channel The Condor Express traversed the Santa Barbara Channel again today and located the giant whale hot spot off the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Here we located and closely watched 12+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 600 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were many more spouts all around the zone.  Skies started off with a … Read More

Five different cetacean species today

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

A giant blue whale with a peculiar dorsal fin was among the many seen this past week on the Condor Express.

2018 06-23 SB Channel Five different species of cetacean were discovered in the Santa Barbara Channel on today’s excursion led by Captain Colton and his crew.  The closely watched included: 4+ blue whales, 3+ fin whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 Minke whale, 200+ long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Many more whales and dolphins were visible in … Read More

Breaching blue whale calf.

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

The numerous and mesmerizing ventral blubber grooves of a surface feeding giant blue whale. It's pectoral fin is in the air as the whale, on its side, ejects water from its gular pouch to feed.

2018 06-22 SB Channel Captain Colton and his crew had a bonanza day with loads of wildlife.  The highlight of the trip was a breaching juvenile blue whale.  This is something that is very rare and has previously been reported only a few times.  Mother Nature was smiling on the Condor Express today.  Totals for the trip included:  13+ giant … Read More

The hot spot continues to beckon

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

A giant blue whale came in close for a peek at its fans on the Condor Express a few days ago.

2018 06-21 SB Channel It was overcast but glassy offshore today as the Condor Express ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale feeding grounds again.  Captain Tasha and her crew did not disappoint.  Closely watched counts included 8 blue whales, 2 fin whales and 350 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were more spouts in the area and the … Read More

Too many giant blue whales – couldn’t count them all.

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

Two of the dozens of giant blue whales there were all around us today are seen here traveling side-by-side.

2018 06-17 SB Channel Although there was light rain in Santa Barbara Harbor earlier this morning, it cleared up quickly and, by the time the Condor Express departed at 10am, skies had a light stratus layer but no more precipitation.  Before noon it was sunny and warm out at the eastern end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  Seas were very … Read More

Dozens of giant whales: fins and blues, plus two species of dolphins

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

So many fin whales all around today. Here's two in the same frame!

2018 06-16 SB Channel It was an epic day full of fin whale and blue whale encounters at the hot spot near beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  Skies cleared and the sun came shining down almost immediately, and seas were calm and glassy, especially in the morning.  We closely watched 8+ fin whales, 4+ blue whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 35 … Read More

Fin whales and blue whales and dolphins STILL !

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

This giant fin whale was among the largest baleen whales we saw today.

2018 06-15 SB Channel Skies were covered by a thin stratus layer, and a light breeze wafted across the Santa Barbara Channel, but the now-famous giant whale hot spot was located again today.  Closely watched animal totals included:  4+ blue whales, 1+ fin whale, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, and 25+ California sea lions. Once again the (+) sign next to … Read More

More than a dozen surface lunge-feeding blue whales

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, fin whale

One of the dozen or more surface lunge-feeding giant blue whales that we watched today. The beast is moved to the left and we are looking at the expanded ventral grooves which were full of water and krill, but are now ejecting the water (and keeping the krill inside the baleen).

2018 06-14 SB Channel The big news today was the presence of more than a dozen giant whales found surface lunge feeding at the same hot spot where these whales (blue whales and fin whales) have been watched consistently for the past month.  We closely watch 14+ blue whales, 1+ fin whale, and 400 long-beaked common dolphins today.  A high … Read More