A fin whale joins the humpbacks and dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Humpbacks joined dolphins and a fin whale today.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 –  A fin whale, five humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins rounded out the “closely watched” sightings report for today.  Luckily, sea and wind conditions had diminished quite a bit as compared to yesterday.  Here are the details: The first encounter began west of the East Channel Buoy.  Hundreds of dolphins located the … Read More

Fin whales and more

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

  2016 07-08 SB Channel Captain Dave reports clear sailing conditions and another epic day full of cetacean sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Totals for the day:  humpback whale = 1,   blue whales = 6 (more all around), fin whales = 2, and long-beaked common dolphins = 500.  Here is the story… The first hot zone was a few … Read More

Happy Independence Day

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

  2016 07-04 SB Channel Happy Independence Day! Captain Eric reports ideal sea conditions all day long with over-the-top, outstanding sightings.  His totals for the day include 30 humpback whales (we closely watched 15),  2 blue whales, 1 fin whale and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphin.  Here are the details: About 10 miles southwest of Santa Barbara the first … Read More

Fin whales join the blues and humpbacks

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

2016 07-02 SB Channel Captain Dave located three major activity zones on a southwesterly course heading out of Santa Barbara.  The day was spectacular, starting with a light breeze from the east and then quickly dying out to very calm seas.  No fog! The first zone was only a short distance out from the harbor entrance.  Here we located a … Read More

Cetaceans Cetaceans Cetaceans

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola, Pacific white-sided dolphins, shearwaters

  2016 06-22 SB Channel The low stratus hit the deck not too far out so Captain Dave turned on the radar and posted a lookout.  We were temporarily using our sense of smell to locate whales as taught by one of our CINC naturalist friends years ago.  There was no swell and the little chop that was coming down … Read More

Fin whale bigger than blue whale

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

2016 06-21 SB Channel The record-breaking heat that cooked the inland regions yesterday brought temperate conditions with a few areas of low stratus interspersed with clearings.  Captain Eric took the Condor Express on a southwesterly heading with good sea conditions and  had to stop in The Lanes for a large 500-strong group of long-beaked common dolphins.  They rode the bow … Read More

More cetaceans than you could imagine.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds

2016 06-09 SB Channel Wow.  I went to NorCal to a family gathering for my wonderful wife’s birthday, and suddenly the daily epic sightings we’ve been having jumped off the charts.  I just can’t leave the Condor Express, or maybe I should leave more often!     Hah.   Seas were calm, no fog , moderate stratus up off the decks and wildlife … Read More

It’s getting better all the time.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  2016 06-08 SB Channel Captain Dave and his highly-trained crew produced another epic excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel.  There was no fog, but the stratus hung around off the deck so it was faintly warm, extremely glassy and with good lateral visibility for finding wildlife.  The wildlife has been very good over the past week or two, and … Read More

Another blue whale mega experience

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

2016 06-07 SB Channel Captain Dave started the day with a large area of scattered long-beaked common dolphins.  About 300 of these little cetaceans were not far offshore from Santa Barbara Harbor.  Nearby the first of three humpback whales was moving fast and staying down a long time.  Our next stop was in The Lanes. One blue whale quickly became … Read More