The Fall Feeding Frenzy Continues in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara

After some brief morning fog, the conditions became sunny with calm seas again today. A total of 8 humpback whales were watched closely, along with 5 Minke whales and at least 500 common dolphins. There were hot spots of feeding with whales, dolphins and sea birds throughout the area. Among the most engaging humpback whales, we had our pal “Rope” … Read More

Whale counts keep rising in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

Earlier we were thrilled to see 5 nice, active humpback whales on a great trip. Then is went to 7 humpback whales. Yesterday it jumped to 10, and today it was 12 humpback whales watched closely with more spouts in the area within binocular range. It definitely looks like the central coast whales are making a move to the Santa … Read More

The Fall Whale Season in the Santa Barbara Channel continues to amaze

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Southern California whale watching

The Fall whale season in the Santa Barbara Channel is regarded by many as the most spectacular humpback and Minke whale watching anywhere in California, or beyond for that matter. Today’s sightings were once again “off the charts” with both species of baleen whales gorging themselves before the humpbacks leave for tropical winter breeding and calving. Our pal “Rope” was … Read More

Glutenous humpback whales feed all around the Condor Express

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching trips

Glutenous humpback whales feed all around the Condor Express Among the 4 humpback whales we watched closely in the northeastern Santa Barbara Channel today, we saw our friend “Rope” who was with our other recent buddy “Chompers.” The two humpbacks performed surface lunge feeding very close to the Condor Express for over an hour. Everyone had the unique experience of … Read More

Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching

Six friendly humpback whales + dolphins = FUN Fantastic clear, blue and sunny skies today across the Santa Barbara Channel made it possible for us to spot a whopping 6 humpback whales on the feeding grounds today. Among the beasts we had Rope (our humpback mascot) and that mother with the split dorsal fin calf we call “Nick.” Everyone was … Read More

Humpback Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching

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Whales “Fall Asleep” Under the Condor Express There were four humpback whales out on the feeding grounds of the northeast Santa Barbara Channel today. Two of them consisted of our mascot, Rope, and her pal. You may recall that they have been exceedingly friendly to the boat these past few weeks. Today was no exception, and they came over to … Read More

Drop Dead Gorgeous Day with Santa Barabara Channel Full of Life

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion, Southern California whale watching

Drop Dead Gorgeous & Full of Life Wow! What conditions we had this morning as we left the dock at 8am heading for the northeast Channel. Clear blue skies, oily glass surface, zero wind and a perfect temperature…excellent conditions for spotting spouts. Not long after we cleared the offshore oil platform rig line the amount of life in the water … Read More

Humpback Whales and Minke whale sightings on the rise today

Bob PerryCalifornia, California Whale Watching, common dolphins, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching

Humpback Whales and Minke whale sightings on the rise today With ideal whale watch conditions in the northeast Santa Barbara Channel again today, we were blessed with some amazing total whale sightings. We closely watched 5 humpback whales and there were at least 3 more within visual range. One of the whales we knew from its prominent deep prop scars … Read More

Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching

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Perfect conditions for humpback whales and minke whales! It was drop dead gorgeous in the northeastern Channel today. Calm seas, light to zero winds, bright and sunny skies prevailed. All this made seeing spouts very easy and enjoyable. Although 3 humpback whales were watched closely. there were many more spouts in the area. Among the three humpbacks, we had our … Read More

Humpback Whale Lunge Feeding

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel

humpback whales

Humpback Whales Lunge Feeding A spectacular, sunny. last day of Summer out on the northeastern Channel today. After spending a great half hour with at least 800 common dolphins, many with calves, some big spouts were seen about a mile away with very clear whale-spotting visibility. As we headed for what turned out to be two giant adult humpback whales, … Read More