White-sided and bottlenose dolphins interact

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in the clear, blue waters of Goleta Bay

2018 04-03 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express on two excursions today, one at 9am and the other at noon.  Totals included 3 different species of dolphins and one whale.  Seven gray whales, four inshore bottlenose dolphins, fifty Pacific white-sided dolphins, and three hundred long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  Skies started out with thin, … Read More

A record-breaking year for gray whales

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales

Gray whales having fun on the way to their northern summer feeding grounds.

2018 04-02 SB Coast Six gray whales and 8 inshore bottlenose dolphins were seen on a single 12 noon excursion today.  Skies had a thin stratus layer and seas were flat and calm. This has been a record-breaking year for the gray whale population.  If you have not been on board yet to see them, now IS the time. Captain … Read More

4 gray whales and 1400 dolphins no April fools

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Mother gray whale (right) and her very young calf (left) along the nearshore kelp forests.

2018 04-01 SB Coast One of most amazing sights ever took place today.  Debris from the old Tiangong-1 Chinese space station fell all around the Channel as a very rare pod of at least 100 Maui’s dolphin or popoto (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) was seen along the coast.  Hope you are having a Happy Easter and a wonderful April Fools Day … Read More

11 whales, 900 dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

A prime time of year for coastal gray whale watching on the Condor Express

2018 03-31 SB Coast The Condor Express hosted three coastal whale watching excursions today. The dense fog of recent days had thankfully lifted to form a layer of low clouds which did not affect search patterns.  Total sightings for the day included 11 gray whales and 900 long-beaked common dolphins. Two gray whales were located and watched closely on the … Read More

Condor Express crew locates lots of mammals in the fog

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, sea lion, Stellar sea lion

The kelp-cutting vessel, Ocean Harvest is barely visible in the fog.

Dense fog that ranged between zero and ¼-mile visibility engulfed the coastal waters and hung around all day.  We wonder, then, how it is possible for Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express to come away with sighting of 8 gray whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 14 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 Stellar sea lion and a bunch of … Read More

Fog does not deter great cetacean sightings

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

2018 03-29 SB Coast Captain Dave and the Condor Express crew ushered three excursions along the coast of Santa Barbara today.  Sea conditions were great, but fog plagued the morning trip, lifted a bit for the noon trip, and was completely gone by the afternoon departure.  Totals for the entire day included: 7 gray whales, 14 inshore bottlenose dolphins and … Read More

Glassy water and 5 gray whales

Bob Perrygray whales

Gray whales, on their sides, socializing

2018 03-28 SB Coast A single 12 noon excursion was run today.  Captain Colton and his crew found ideal, glassy water today and closely watched 5 gray whales.  The whales were located 3 miles offshore, and all were large, adult animals.  The first encounter was with a pair of whales off Leadbetter Beach.  We followed them on their northbound migration, … Read More

Three different species of cetaceans

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Three gray whales.

2018 03-25 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran a single 9am trip today with bumpy seas and no wind until very late in the excursion.  Total sightings included three different species of cetaceans:  15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, and 3 gray whales. As the Condor Express departed Santa Barbara Harbor a large pod of bottlenose … Read More