El Niño and Whales

Bob Perryamazing ocean, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel

  Regular readers of our sightings reports may be wondering why there has been a lack of posts so far in 2016.  The new year has begun with a series of long-awaited El Niño related storms.   Each of these storms has generated very large ocean swells and strong winds.   Not exactly ideal wildlife watching conditions.  So it is that the … Read More

Loads of humpbacks, commons, a Minke plus offshores too

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, minke whale, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara

  2015 08-17 SB Channel Flat, calm and even glassy sea conditions returned to the Santa Barbara Channel making great whale watching possible. Skies remained cloudy with a thin marine layer until just after 100 pm. The following are total estimated numbers of individuals watched closely today:   humpback whales = 14 (more in the area); Minke whale = 1; long-beaked … Read More

Winds, swells and 3 humpbacks + dolphins too.

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

2015 08-15 SB Channel Captain Eric had to work for it today. Moderately high seas, strong winds and currents made it hard to move around the Santa Barbara Channel, yet somehow this crafty captain seems to pull it off.   After a struggle to move to that area west of the harbor where we saw whales yesterday, alas nobody was home … Read More

Loads of Humpbacks and Dolphins and a Friendly Elephant

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whale watching, whale watching california

  2015 08-10 SB Channel Flat, gorgeous sea conditions with no wind at all until after 100pm, and a marine layer that went away with the wind to reveal hot sunny skies, provided the backdrop for our excursion today. First, the totals: 12 humpback whales with many more spouts all around, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 500 short-beaked common dolphins, and … Read More