Rains clear out and whales move in

Bob Perrygray whales

Breaching gray whale.

2018 03-23 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew were happy to find that the major rain storms of this week had left the area and seas were relatively calm.  Two trips left Santa Barbara Harbor and resulted in 8 gray whales being closely watched: 4 on each trip. The noon trip was filled with happy passengers from a giant … Read More

Eight gray whales

Bob Perrygray whales

Gray whales are seen here "socializing," which includes rolling around and showing off their flukes.

2018 03-19 SB Coast – Eight gray whales were closely watched on today’s 12-noon excursion.  Weather and sea conditions were fantastic…the ocean surface was like a lake. About 3 miles offshore from Santa Barbara Harbor, Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express located a group of 5 whales.  The group spent most of the time on the surface … Read More

A fantastic day for whale watching

Bob Perrygray whales

A group of whales such as were seen along the Santa Barbara Coast today.

2018 03-18 SB Coast – Skies were partly cloudy.  Seas were calm.  Little to no wind blew across the coast.  In all, there were great conditions for locating and closely watching 8 gray whales today.  A single, 12 noon, excursion left the dock…a fantastic day for whale watching. Captain Dave and his crew ran about 3 miles straight out of … Read More

Rain, whales, dolphins, fun.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Pectoral fin of a gray whale - sometimes seen when whales roll around and frolic.

2018 03-13 SB Coast – A single trip departed Santa Barbara Harbor at noon under thick cloudy skies, and with frequent heavy rain, but wonderful calm seas.  Sightings totals included 4 gray whales and 40 long-beaked common dolphins. As Captain Dave steered the Condor Express west, following the migratory path of the gray whales, the rain was so heavy at … Read More

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Gray whale

2018 03-12 SB Coast – Captain Dave found super flat ocean conditions today and ran two trips one at 9 AM the other at 12 noon. Totals for the day included: five gray whales and 450 long-beaked common dolphins. The morning trip got started with two nice whales off the lighthouse and we followed them to the west for quite … Read More

The peak northbound gray whale migration is here.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales

Two gray whales that were traveling together are seen in this photograph messing around (socializing).

2018 03-11 SB Coast – As southern California braces for more light rain in the week ahead, the Condor Express found a jewel of a day today.  The sun was shining and the ocean surface was glass flat.  The cetaceans were abundant as well.  Sightings included: 6 gray whales and 150 long-beaked common dolphins.  By the way, census data for … Read More