Cow-calf pairs for BOTH gray whales and humpback whales.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale season, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel

Cow-calf pairs for BOTH gray whales and humpback whales. These are the best of times.  It’s Spring and there is new life all around us in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Skies were clear and sunny all day today and later in the afternoon a nice fresh breeze helped cool us off.  Only one trip (12 noon), but it was a … Read More

Gray Whale Season Yields 6 Humpback Whales Today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, humpback whale, humpback whales

Gray Whale Season Yields 6 Humpback Whales Today It rained last night !!  It will rain again tonight !!  Yet somehow the march of the Pacific gray whales has put the Condor Express upon a magnificent number of humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  First we watched a group of 3 humpback whales lunge feeding on the surface … Read More

5 Gray Whales and More !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Cruz Island

5 gray whales and more ! There were two pairs of gray whales, then a single, as we worked around both sides of West Point, Santa Cruz Island today.  As we have been seeing for the past 2 weeks, the gray whales move around and change directions quite a bit, and my subjective opinion is that this spot marks a … Read More

Rollin’ with the Risso’s Dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching cruise

It was another spectacular “summer-like” day on the west and central Santa Barbara Channel.  Strong Santa Ana winds were blowing down east, but this only created a superior sunny, calm day for us departing from Santa Barbara.  After a smooth ride to the West End of Santa Cruz Island, the Condor Express gave all on board a great look at … Read More

Nine Gray Whales Today

Bob Perrygray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Southern California whale watching

Nine Gray Whales Today With a moderate breeze and some medium seas building across the western Santa Barbara Channel today, the Condor Express ran east along the face of Santa Cruz Island to find some relief.  As the boat tucked way up inside Chinese Harbor, the first whales were encountered, and this sighting included two very very small gray whales … Read More

10 + 800 + 200 = spectacular whale watching today

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, channel islands, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales

10 + 800 + 200 = spectacular whale watching today The Condor Express motored across the Santa Barbara Channel in thick fog.  Things were looking bad, but lo and behold, within a mile or so of our destination (Santa Cruz Island), the skies cleared and it was sunny and nice.  The first sighting was of a very large, spread out … Read More

Eight whales, five porpoises

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching trips

Eight whales, five porpoises. A bit rocky out at the West End of Santa Cruz Island again today, so Captain Dave and the crew took a turn for calmer seas down east.  On crossing the Santa Barbara Channel, 5 Dall’s porpoises were watched speeding like warm blooded torpedoes all around the Condor Express.  Wow, are they ever fast ! Down … Read More

2 nice gray whales and a lot of dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whales

Gray whales and a lot of dolphins Not far out of Santa Barbara Harbor the Condor Express played with a group of at least 1,500 common dolphins.  As usual, these friendly cetaceans rode the bow, surfed the wake, and generally dazzled and delighted everyone on board.  Next we ran across the to world famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, … Read More

Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles on Santa Cruz Island

Bob Perrybirding, channel islands, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

santa cruz island

  Mirror Glass, Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles Today A tiny bit of haze but extremely glassy conditions again today on the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express motored out for another adventure packed trip full of unexpected surprises. The first surprise of the day was a big pod of 15 or more elusive Dall’s … Read More

Calm seas result in gray whale mating.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whale mating

Calm seas result in gray whales mating. The  trip across the Santa Barbara Channel was smooth as silk today and we were lucky today to see gray whale mating.  A few seabirds such as phalaropes and shearwaters were observed mostly resting on the surface.  Later a northern fulmar sitting on the glassy surface would approach the Condor Express as we … Read More