Four giants of the sea

Bob Perryblue whales, Condor Express, fin whale

2018 05-27 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters near Santa Cruz Island.  Sightings included 4 giants of the sea: 2 fin whales and 2 blue whales were observed today.  It is worth noting that the largest animal that ever lived on earth is the blue whale, and the fin whale … Read More

Two pairs of cetaceans: two fin whales and two humpback whales

Bob PerryCondor Express, fin whale, humpback whale mother and calf

Mother humpback whale and her calf.

2018 05-26 SB Channel It was a bright, sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel today and a moderate breeze had seas whipped up just a bit.  Sightings included two pairs of cetaceans: a pair of fin whales and a pair of humpback whales. Our first sighting took place in The Lanes near Chinese Harbor on Santa Cruz Island.  Here … Read More

Extremely friendly humpback, two fin whales and dolphins galore

Bob PerryCondor Express, fin whale, humpback whale

Humpback whale mugs the Condor Express. Photo © Capt. Dave Beezer

2018 05-24 SB Channel A high, thin stratus layer persisted all day but seas were very calm and lateral visibility for sighting wildlife was excellent.  Sightings today included:  200 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 fin whales and 1 humpback whale…but that is not the whole story. About 3 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor a nice herd of dolphins located the … Read More

Breaching humpbacks, fin whales, hundreds of dolphins and sea lions

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf

Breaching humpback whale.

2018 05-23 SB Channel Captain Dave and his expert crew crossed the entire Santa Barbara Channel today and located a massive wildlife hot spot very close to Prisoner’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island today.  Sightings for the day included:  2 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 850 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 California sea lions.  Skies had a light overcast all … Read More

Four large fin whales and lots of dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale

Close look at a big fin whale. Fin whales are "cousins" of giant blue whales and are the 2nd largest animals to ever live on earth.

2018 04-28 SB Coast The day started off nice, but during the mid-morning a fresh breeze kicked up.  This did not deter our Captain Dave and his able crew from finding and closely watching three different species of cetaceans.  Two trips left the docks, one at 9am, the other at noon.  Totals for the day included: 4 large fin whales, … Read More

A giant fin whale, two gray whales and hundreds of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, gray whale mother and calf

The distinctive fin of a fin whale (with stalked barnacles riding along on the tip)

2018 04-25 SB Coast Three trips left Santa Barbara Harbor today with exceptional sea conditions.  The morning trip experienced a high marine layer, while the rest of the day was sunny and bright. Total sightings for the day included 2 gray whales, 850 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 fin whale. The morning trip ran west past UCSB and located a … Read More

Fin whales, gray whales and bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, fin whale, gray whales

Two fin whales swim side-by-side

  Two excellent fin whales were encountered along with 25 inshore bottlenose sightings and four gray whales on two excursions today. Trips left Santa Barbara Harbor at 9am and noon with excellent sea conditions and very clear, blue Santa Barbara cobalt, water. The morning trip headed west, up the coast.   More than a dozen dolphins greeted the Condor Express near … Read More

One gray and one fin

Bob Perryfin whale, gray whale

A dramatic and beautiful day along the coast of Santa Barbara with the whales. The occasional rain squalls were spectacular to see.

2018 03-20 SB Coast The first day of spring brought more flat, calm seas.  Skies were overcast with a few scattered showers.  Total sightings for today’s single, 12-noon trip included:  1 fin whale and 1 gray whale. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found all the action about 2 miles out from Santa Barbara Harbor.  The first … Read More

Fin whales and Gray whales

Bob PerryCondor Express, fin whale, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Gray whales seen heading north to their feeding grounds in Alaskan waters.

2018 02-18 SB Channel – Six fin whales and 2 gray whales provided the cetacean action today in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave and his crew located wildlife between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara Harbor.  Weather and sea conditions were good, although the forecast for tomorrow is not.  Our next trips are currently scheduled for Tuesday, when conditions … Read More

Orca encounter, and more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, orca, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Orca CA49b photographed by our friend Angelo Senna

2018 02-17 SB Channel – An amazing day with 5 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 1200 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 orca closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew report ideal conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express traversed the Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search of wildlife. Just outside the … Read More