A mother humpback and her calf plus so much more.

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

A mother humpback whale and her calf.

2018 09-23 SB Channel – West A private whale watch charter hit the jackpot as a wide region of scattered humpbacks and dolphins kept everyone busy with binoculars and cameras.  There was a broken stratus layer that gave way to more sun than cloud around 1130 am.  The sea surface was calm and mostly glassy. The action took place northeast … Read More

Mother and calf humpback plus 1500 short-beaked common dolphins

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

Common dolphins on the move!

2018 09-08 SB Channel The Condor Express had some interesting interactions with 1500 short-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales just north of the middle of Santa Rosa Island.  Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and morning fog. The first wildlife stop was to enjoy a megapod of dolphins south of The Lanes … Read More

Humpback mom and calf plus thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

The large mother whale was an active pectoral fin-slapper today. Photo by Captain Dave.

2018 09-07 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew encountered another flat, calm day with a persistent marine stratus layer. Fortunately, the wildlife has been phenomenal, and today we saw 2 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 400 California sea lions. Near the NOAA mid-Channel buoy a gigantic megapod of common dolphins located the Condor … Read More

Massive dolphin megapod, whales and more.

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

A small part of a dolphin megapod pays a friendly visit to the Condor Express.

2018 09-06 SB Channel A long-beaked common dolphin megapod located the Condor Express south of UCSB today.  The pod was so large it was 8 miles across, according to Captain Dave and the crew.  We also watched:  2 humpback whales, and 300 California sea lions.  Skies had a high stratus marine layer all day, and the sea surface was flat … Read More

3 humpbacks include 2 active youngsters

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

Clear water reveals a friendly humpback whale

2018 08-28 SB Channel The Condor Express team located and watched 3 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 200 California sea lions and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  There was a fresh breeze and light bump on the water, but the sightings were great.  The little humpback calf and its mother were there again today. Dolphins were located north of … Read More

Humpback mom and calf do a simultaneous double breach!

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

A juvenile humpback whale breached very close to the Condor Express.

2018 08-27 SB Channel Outstanding wildlife sightings were experienced today with 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 700 California sea lions, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 4 humpback whales.  The big news was that our little friend, the humpback calf and its mother were back with us today and very active. Skies were overcast until the sun broke through in the late … Read More

Lots of humpbacks including our buddy, the little calf

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

Part of a herd of Risso's dolphins.

2018 08-26 SB Channel Although there was a residual swell in the Santa Barbara Channel, the ocean calmed down and conditions near Santa Rosa Island were ideal for locating and watching wildlife.  The hot spot today was much larger and had more players involved.  Captain Tasha reported 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 Risso’s dolphins, 7 humpback whales and 1000 California … Read More

Humpback calf encore performance.

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

Mother humpback whale and her calf.

2018 08-25 SB Channel It was a beautiful day on the water as Captain Tasha took the Condor Express and a boatload of whale lovers all the way to Santa Rosa Island again. Once again the very little humpback calf we saw yesterday stole the show. Totals for the day included:  three humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and at … Read More

Six different cetacean species

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island

Bottlenose dolphin in clear blue water

2018 07-03 SB Channel – West Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up in the middle of the north coast of beautiful Santa Rosa Island. It has been a while since we last visited our second largest southern California island. Sightings for the day were phenomenal with 6 different species of cetaceans.  Total numbers … Read More

Ten blues closely watched…many more in the vicinity.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, shearwaters

A mother humpback whale and her calf in very blue water.

2018 06-29 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 10+ blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin stratus layer all day, and seas were calmer than yesterday.  There were a few sucker holes (small openings where beams of sun shined through) out near Santa Cruz Island. Captain Dave and his crew traversed the … Read More