A juvenile whale stole the show.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales

Humpback calf ran amok today. iPhone photo by Captain Dave Beezer.

2018 11-21 SB Channel The first “winter” storm of the season was on its way towards California and there was a little southeast chop and swell in advance of its arrival.  Nonetheless, the well-honed navigational skills of Captain Dave and his crew were able to make the most out of the conditions and resulted in fabulous sightings of 5 humpback … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

Risso's dolphins were among the 5 species of cetaceans spotted today.

2018 11-18 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew racked-up an amazing array of cetaceans with awesome sightings of each species.  Totals for the trip included 4 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 35 Risso’s dolphins, and 30 Dall’s porpoise.  Seas were calm and the water was very clear. Five different species of cetaceans were watched … Read More

6 humpbacks: many of the whales were friendly

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales

Friendly whales again today !!

2018 11-17 SB Channel The Condor Express crew took advantage of pristine ocean conditions and located, then closely watched, 6+ humpback whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whales were friendly and came up to the boat to visit their fan club. The action began only 6 miles southwest of Santa Barbara Harbor as an area, rich with … Read More

Humpback calf steals the show. Lots of other whales and dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales

iPhone capture of a breaching humpback whale today by Captain Dave Beezer.

2018 11-14 SB Channel On a completely “mill pond” flat and sunny day, the crew of the Condor Express located and closely watched 7+ humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Among the whales was Scarlet and what we now believe to be her not-newborn calf.  The humpback calf stole the show. It took about 45 minutes for us to … Read More

Tons of whales and dolphins including “Scarlet”

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales

Photo of Scarlet taken a few years ago.

2018 10-20 SB Channel Sea conditions were off the hook and it was so clear we could see all 4 Channel Islands all day and from Bony Ridge to Point Conception too.  “Off the hook” probably best describes our sightings as well.  Closely watched cetaceans included 10+ humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Among the whales was one of … Read More

Mother and calf breach simultaneously many times in a row.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf

Breaching female humpback whale.

2018 10-12 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran a late-departure private whale watch charter cruise today. Given the late departure, the afternoon breeze was just starting to pick up a bit, but it was otherwise a gorgeous day in the Santa Barbara Channel.  All of the action took place within 5 miles of Santa Barbara Harbor.  Sightings included:  … Read More

Another sunny day with whales and dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf

Mother humpback and her calf.

2018 10-07 SB Channel Today brought us close looks at 3 humpback whales and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was a sunny day with a little bump on the water from the western Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Tasha and her crew kept the search pattern mostly in the northern half of the Channel. Dolphins located the Condor Express when it … Read More

Three humpback whales, one breacher…and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, sea lion

Breaching humpback whale.

2018 09-27 SB Channel Captain Dave ran a bit west, then out to the south.  Most of the action was only about 4 miles off Campus Point.  Skies were mostly overcast with a moderate breeze.  The sun came out late in the trip.  Sightings for the day included: 1 Minke whale, 3 humpback whales, 800 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 … Read More

Humpback mother and calf redux.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island

Mother humpback whale and her calf

2018 09-26 SB Channel It was another great trip across the Santa Barbara Channel to Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island, where we visited with the same humpback mother and calf that we saw yesterday.  1500 long-beaked common dolphins were also watched.  Skies began overcast but things got nice and sunny fast.  Seas were just a tiny big choppy. Again the … Read More

Mother humpback and her calf go berserk.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

A humpback whale swam up close to the Condor Express, rolled over to expose its ventral grooves, and slapped its long pectoral flippers. Wow!

2018 09-25 SB Channel Overcast skies stayed with us most of the day until we got on the hotspot out near Santa Rosa Island. Seas were calm in the north Channel and a little breezy in the south. Sightings for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 Risso’s dolphins and about 500 California sea lions. There … Read More