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

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  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

3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, common dolphins, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale migration, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching

3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity Again the calm seas and excellent weather made whale finding and whale watching a dream come true.  Today the Condor Express located and watched three individual gray whales:  one mid-Channel, one on the west end of Santa Cruz Island, and the third a bit east of the famous Painted Cave. In addition to … 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

Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, channel islands, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Stunning sightings of gray whales at Santa Cruz Island We zipped across a rather choppy Santa Barbara Channel with a few white caps today, on our way towards the very fertile whale grounds of Santa Cruz Island. We played briefly with 4 Dall’s porpoises around the middle of the Channel. The great news is that once we were within a … Read More

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More You may have heard the story of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan who, back in the day, was supposed to fly from New York to Long Beach, California. He landed in Ireland claiming heavy clouds and navigational errors. Well today we had two “Wrong Way Corrigan” gray whales. This is the time of … Read More

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more

Bob Perrybirding, common dolphins, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Two mid-Santa Barbara Channel gray whales and more We ran south heading offshore and ran smack into a nice herd of long beaked common dolphins. The were heading east in super clear, blue water. After some nice playtime, we continued east-southeast and quickly came upon two southbound gray whales. This is pretty far off the beach an no where near … Read More

Five gray whales, Rissos dolphins, Dall’s Porpoise and lots more

Bob PerryCalifornia, California gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, whale watching trips

Across to beautiful Santa Cruz Island we went today, and it was clear enough to see all 4 of the Channel Islands. At the mid-Channel point we encountered 5 wonderful little Dall’s Porpoise and circled around with them a few times. This is our first Dall’s sighting of the Winter. About 3 miles north of the island we ran alongside … Read More

First Gray Whales of the Season and more !!

Bob Perrygray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

What an epic day in the Channel, perfect weatheR and the first gray whales heading south. The adventurous Condor Express went to Santa Cruz Island. All the way across the Santa Barbara Channel we had common dolphins keeping us company. Once at the Island, we paid a visit to the beautiful painted cave. After exiting the cave we were greeted … Read More