Scarlet the Humpback Whale Gets Super Friendly

Bob Perrybald eagle, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

  It was perhaps the best conditions for whale watching we’ve had in months:   mill pond flat and glassy all day, clear and sunny skies.  And the wildlife did not disappoint.  The Condor Express cleared the Santa Barbara breakwater at 1015am and at 1020am we were set up on a pod of at least 6 inshore bottle-nose dolphins.  These #dolphins … Read More

6 Southbound Gray Whales and 250 Common Dolphins too

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale migration

6 Southbound Gray Whales and 250 Common Dolphins too As you will see in the photographs when I post them up later this week, the sea conditions today started out moderate and then got VERY moderate. Nonetheless, the overcast skies and windy seas did not obscure the visual powers of our deckhand, Augie.   How anyone can spot 6 gray whale … Read More

4 Humpback Sightings, 1 Gray Whale and Lots of Dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, gray whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

4 Humpback Sightings, 1 Gray Whale and Lots of Dolphins Captain Dave found 2 humpback #whales around mid-Channel.   Actually, deck hand Augie spotted their spouts at least 5 miles away with his binoculars….what eyes!   Of course one of the two humpbacks was our friend “Scarlet.”   You can see a photograph of Scarlet above and her propeller scar is visible on … Read More

3 humpback whales, 1 gray whale and common dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale watching

3 humpback whales, 1 gray whale and common dolphins Captain Eric quickly located a hot spot with 3 #humpbackwhales around mid-Channel today.  Like yesterday, one of these was our friend “Scarlet.”   After some great looks at the humpback #whales, Eric took advantage of the excellent weather and sea conditions to pay a visit to the world famous Painted Cave on … Read More

Spectacular Gray Whale Migration Continues

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, channel islands, common dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration

A southbound gray whale was seen migrating along the sea cliffs of Santa Cruz Island Spectacular vistas, dolphins and a nice gray whale. Offshore winds and a light rain greeted us this morning in Santa Barbara, but the rain passed by quickly and we remained dry for the rest of the adventure.  There were, however, larger squalls offshore that formed … Read More

First gray whales (2), blue whales (2+), humpback whales (16+), bald eagle (1)

Bob Perrybald eagle, blue whale watching, blue whales, gray whale, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, humpback whales

Tah-dah! Announcing the official opening of Gray Whale season on the Condor Express today! Our first gray whales of the 2015 season ! Another epic adventure on the Condor Express today.  Captain Dave took us through some dense coastal fog for a few miles and then things opened up and were sunny, calm and clear all day long.  The humpback … Read More

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too.

Bob Perryblue whale, channel islands, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too. The Santa Barbara Channel was magnificent;  slate gray, hardly any wind and spectacular above water vistas.  One could see Bony Ridge (Malibu) to Pt. Conception and all four Channel Islands. The day started with a relatively tame common loon that was observed swimming around close to the Condor Express inside Santa Barbara … Read More

It’s a feast on the feeding grounds and everyone’s invited!

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

It’s a feast on the feeding grounds and everyone’s invited! Nice, flat and calm conditions on the Santa Barbara Channel today lead to many outstanding sightings.  Right out of Santa Barbara Harbor there was a humpback mother and calf pair traveling west.  Nice looks were had.  Then it was back to the northeast corner of Santa Cruz Island for a … Read More

2 gray whale cow-calf pairs + bottle nose dolphins.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, humpback whale mother and calf

2 gray whale cow-calf pairs + bottle nose dolphins. We ran one trip out there in the Channel today at high noon.  It was spectacular and we continue to have the privilege of seeing all the mother gray whales parade up the coast to show off their newborn calves.  Most of these calves are only  a few months old and … Read More