Lots of Humpbacks including our friend Rope.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel

Lots of Humpbacks including our friend Rope. A great day on the Santa Barbara Channel with excellent sea conditions and some sun with haze.  We closely watched 9 humpback whales a few miles off the coast, many were south of the UCSB campus.   In the humpback mix today was our old friend “Rope.”  There was also a new mother-calf pair … Read More

First Look at a “Dalmatian” Humpback Calf !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

First Look at a “Dalmatian” Humpback Calf ! The fog had us pretty well running blind for most of the morning.  Nevertheless, Captain Eric was able to smell a few early humpback whale sightings before the afternoon sun came out.  In the post fog light a total of 12 humpbacks were closely watched today, with more spouts in the distance.  … Read More

Too Many Humpback Whales to Count ?

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds

Too Many Humpback Whales to Count ? Back we went today to the feeding grounds that have been going crazy these past several days on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Things started slow with just a few small common dolphin schools, but ramped up and up and ended with a crescendo of marine life and activity.  What … Read More

Another Epic Humpback Day in the North Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Sea birds, sea lion

Another Epic Humpback Day in the North Channel Life is good.  The north side of the Santa Barbara Channel, close to home, is still generating so many anchovy bait balls that at least 5,000 common dolphins, uncountable seabirds, and numerous sea lions are playing their part in the epic saga of the local food chain.  And, of course the big … Read More

The North Side is Still HOT

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Sea birds

The North Side is Still HOT The pattern has not changed for a while now with abundant anchovy schools between mid-Channel and the coast.  Seabirds and common #dolphins signal hot spots, and many of these hot spots attract #humpbackwhales.   Sunny skies with a moderate breeze and good sea conditions resulted in a whopping 14 closely watched humpbacks today, with many … Read More

11 Humpbacks Close to Home

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara

  11 Humpbacks Close to Home Calm seas and sunny skies prevailed in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Like yesterday, we located several anchovy hot spot feeding frenzy zones, but today things were happening just 2 1/2 miles out from the Harbor.  In addition to the 11 whales we watched closely, there were many more spouts on other anchovy schools … Read More

Humpback hot spots

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback hot spots We found dolphin, seabird and humpback whale activity three times during today’s adventures.  First, about 4 miles out from Santa Barbara Harbor, we located a hot spot full of anchovy masses.  There were so many anchovy spots that the dolphins and birds were passing up many of these to get to larger and large focal areas a … Read More

Many humpbacks close to Santa Barbara including that wild little calf again

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, minke whale

Many humpbacks close to Santa Barbara including that wild little calf again So much food in the form of massive anchovy schools has moved north in the Santa Barbara Channel it has resulted in an astounding amount of humpback activity.  We closely watched 12 humpback whales, but there were many spouts all around and several were coming and going so … Read More

More and more humpbacks with very active little calves

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

More and more humpbacks with very active little calves Again we had a marine layer, not fog, and very calm seas on which to travel and search for whales.  Only a few miles out of Santa Barbara Harbor we found anchovy bait balls with lots of species feeding, just as I reported and photographed yesterday.   Today Captain Dave closely watched … Read More

Humpback Throngs Move Closer to Home !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback Throngs Move Closer to Home ! We ran two full whale watch trips today, a public trip at 8am and a private trip at 1:00pm.  Here are the results. On the morning trip we left Santa Barbara Harbor with mirror glass sea conditions and a thick marine layer over head.  About 15 minutes out the crew spotted bird and … Read More