Large numbers of blue whales and fin whales again

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

Dorsal fin and color pattern along the flanks of a giant blue whale

2018 06-13 SB Channel Skies were hazy and the ocean was calm and things were great for locating wildlife.  The great population numbers of the largest of all whales, the blues and fins, continued again today in the southeastern region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  “So little time, so many whales,” has been the story for the past few weeks.  … Read More

9 giants and 2000 dolphins as well.

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

Giant blue whale.

2018 06-11 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew report seeing 7 fin whales, 2 blue whales and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins today.  Conditions were ideal with bright, sunny skies and calm seas.  The Condor Express ran from Santa Barbara to the eastern end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island and back in their quest for wildlife. Not far offshore, and … Read More

Seven giants and hundreds of dolphins.

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

Long-beaked common dolphins interact in deep blue water.

2018 06-08 SB Channel Captain Dave reports yet another day full of the most giant whales on Earth and dolphins too.  Skies were clear and sunny.  Seas were calm and flat.  The final tally included:  5+ blue whales, 2+ fin whales, and 450 long-beaked common dolphins.  The numbers given represent closely watched animals, and the (+) plus sign means more … Read More

Blue, blue and blue.

Bob Perryblue whale, Condor Express, fin whale

BIG BLUE !!

2018 06-07 SB Channel Clear skies, bright sun and clear, cobalt water near the Channel Islands made for excellent wildlife finding and viewing.  Totals for the day included: 3 fin whales and 1 blue whale. Blue sky, blue water and a blue whale! The Condor Express headed southeast and found all the whales in a fertile area in the Lanes … Read More

Another “beast” of a day in the Santa Barbara Channel

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

A giant blue whale shows its massive tail flukes near beautiful Santa Cruz Island

2018 06-06 SB Channel It was another beast of a day in the Santa Barbara Channel with 5 giant fin whales, one huge blue whale and 250 long-beaked common dolphins closely watched.  Skies were a bit grey and seas had a light chop, but no matter, the sightings were spectacular. On the way out in the morning, about 4 miles … Read More

Two large fins and 2000 dolphin

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale

The leading edge of a mega-pod: common dolphins near Santa Cruz Island.zx

2018 06-04 SB Channel There was a high stratus layer all day in the Santa Barbara Channel and things were glassy and smooth except near Santa Cruz Island where the sun came out.  Captain Tasha and her crew recorded 2 large fin whales and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins today. The Condor Express ran southeast out of Santa Barbara Harbor today, … Read More

Meteorological and oceanographic conditions were fantastic.

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

A giant blue whale kicks its tail up high for a terminal, deeper dive in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2018 06-03 SB Channel Once again the various meteorological and oceanographic conditions all lined up to generate fantastic sea conditions and wonderful wildlife sightings. (Translation:  it was really calm and sunny)  Captain Tasha and her crew located 1 big fin whale, 3 giant blue whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. Near the eastern end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island a … Read More

A huge basking shark, dolphins and lots of giant whales

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

©2018 Captain Dave Beezer - A huge basking shark was seen today.

2018 06-01 SB Channel With loads of cetaceans, large and small, you’d think the star would be one of the giant blue or fin whales.  Great dolphins and whales for sure today, but the star was a huge basking shark.  Skies were blue, seas were very calm and flat, and the water was clean near Santa Cruz Island…a bit green … Read More