Last gray whale day features another mother and calf…plus dolphins!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

The sailboat "Endeavor" gets a nice visit from friendly long-beaked common dolphins today.

2018 05-13 SB Coast Today we ran our last coastal whale watching trips for northbound migrating gray whales.  Two trips left the docks at SEA Landing in Santa Barbara Harbor, one at 9 am and the other at noon. Captain Tasha and her crew were able to locate the following species:  400 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 inshore bottlenose dolphins and … Read More

Dolphins and gray whales

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

Gray whales rolling around.

2018 05-09 SB Coast Sightings today included: 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 gray whales.  These were closely watched cetaceans observed during a single noon to 230pm excursion. After leaving Santa Barbara Harbor and moving about 1 mile offshore, a large, spread-out pod of dolphins were intercepted on a massive feeding hot spot.  Birds were diving everywhere and dolphins were … Read More

Whale and dolphin interaction today.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

©Dave Beezer - Condor Express Captain Dave captured a nice image with his cell phone showing the friendly bottlenose dolphins today.

2018 05-08 SB Coast Heavy fog, with near zero lateral visibility on the water, persisted from our exit of Santa Barbara Harbor until we ran west past the UCSB campus.  Here the fog lifted to become a low stratus layer, but allowed for wildlife spotting on the water.  Sightings for the day included 2 gray whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins … Read More

Over 100 cetaceans per hour today

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

A very young gray whale calf is seen spouting and taking a look around over the back of its mother.

2018 05-07 SB Coast These are the final few days of our annual northbound gray whale, coastal Santa Barbara excursions.  Starting next Monday, May 14, we begin “Island Whale and Dolphin” trips that will depart SEA Landing at 10 am sharp and return approximately 230 pm. These trips run well out into the Santa Barbara Channel and, depending on sea … Read More

Common and bottlenose dolphins plus 4 whales.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf

Mother gray whale shows her flukes

2018 05-04 SB Coast It was another sunny day along the coast of Santa Barbara and points to the west of town, with clear cobalt blue water.  Total sightings for the day included:  300 long-beaked common dolphins, 4 gray whales and 6 inshore bottlenose dolphins. As the Condor Express prepared to accelerate upon leaving Santa Barbara Harbor, deckhand and 2nd … Read More

Six gray whales and lots of calves

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

Gray whale mother and calf close to shore

2018 05-02 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran two trips today with great sea conditions.  The morning trip was calm and sunny. The afternoon trip was calm with a high stratus layer.  Sightings for the day included: 6 gray whales, 550 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 California sea lion (that was important to the sightings). The morning got … Read More

More gray whale calves and dolphins

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

A curious gray whale calf spy-hops near the beach.

2018 05-01 SB Coast A single noon departure plied the coastal waters in search of wildlife under the threat of rain.  Luckily, the rain held back until we came back to the harbor and by then we had closely watched 5 gray whales and 250 long-beaked common dolphins. The gray whale calves were, once again, one of the most entertaining … Read More

Two different species of dolphins and loads of gray whale calves

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Pacific white-sided dolphin

2018 04-30 SB Coast Only 2 weeks left on our coastal gray whale season and things are still going strong!  Sightings for the day included:  30 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales.  Conditions were good.  It was partly sunny with just a slight bump on the water. On the way west, the first 2 whales … Read More