Dall’s porpoises and lots more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale

A fantastic Dall's porpoise encounter again today...and more!

2017 12-30 SB Channel Dolphins, porpoises, the Cave and a whale…all in a day’s work.  There were patches of near zero visibility fog with low gray stratus skies.  A scant few small “sucker holes” of sun were encountered, but not enough to change the color palate or warm things up.  Be that as it may, Captain Dave and the crew … Read More

A late northbound gray whale and lots more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara

A late northbound gray whale was seen today.

2017 06-13 SB Channel Fantastic!  The weather and sea conditions turned around and became quite nice overnight, and consequently it was much easier to search for and find wildlife.  There were several highlights of the trip today.  A late northbound gray whale, three humpback whales, three Minke whales and more than one thousand long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched. The … Read More

One humpback whale and one gray whale

Bob PerryCondor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, Santa Barbara

A humpback whale aims straight for the camera. (From my archives)

2017 05-08 SB Coast One humpback whale and one gray whale were seen during a single 12 noon excursion.  Captain Tasha handled the Condor Express and Captain Eric was also on board to help.  Conditions were very nice and a light breeze kicked up towards the end of the cruise. The humpback was located ½-mile south of Santa Barbara Harbor.  … Read More

Gray Whale breaching, chin-slaps, and rolls around.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds

Gray whale breaching

There were a few scattered showers today but seas were calm and enabled the Condor Express to take a great tour of our region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave and his crew were back on the water after a few weeks in the boat yard undergoing their required USCG inspections and other normal maintenance. One gray whale, 300 … Read More

Cetaceans Abound in Light Rain

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lion

  2016 02-17 SB Channel There was light rain falling in the harbor as the Condor Express loaded its passengers for the 9am excursion. Rain continued, albeit very light, throughout the morning and into the 12 noon trip as well.   A tiny breeze from the south created miniscule wind waves on the otherwise glassy surface. Neither snow nor hail nor … Read More

Humpbacks and Gray Whale

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, gray whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 12-28 SB Channel A truly exhilarating experience and cetacean watching extraordinaire. Back from the snowy slopes of Colorado, Captain Dave took command today along with Colorado native and ojos del águila deckhand, Auggie, on the binoculars. How fitting it was to have this Colorado connection as the day seemed to be as clear, crisp and cold as the slopes … Read More

Migrating Gray Whale and More

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

2015 12-17 SB Channel El capitán and el águila put their collective four sharp eyes together and found a southbound migrating gray whale, three humpback whales, and a load of dolphins in the Santa Barbara Channel. Here is how this epic adventure went down. Not long after leaving Santa Barbara, Auggie (el águila) located a single, small southbound migrating gray … Read More

First Southbound Gray Whale

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

2015 11-19 SB Channel It was another gorgeous day with sunny, warm skies and calm seas. Again the above-water visibility was spectacular and we could see spouts 8 miles away with binoculars. We saw 1 Minke whale, over 200 common dolphins, 4 humpback whales, and the show-stopper: 1 southbound gray whale. The gray whale was small, perhaps a yearling, and … Read More