10 humpbacks and some surface lunges, plus dolphins galore

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion, shearwaters

  2015 08-05 SB Channel As we departed Santa Barbara at 1015 am there was more than medium chop, winds that formed white caps, and bright sunny skies. This did not deter the keen eyes of deckhand Tasha from locating the first of 4 spouts in this initial region of the Santa Barbara Channel, about 9 miles out. Each of … Read More

More Interaction between the Whales and the Kelp.

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

2015 07-30 SB Channel East NOAA and the NWS got it a bit wrong today as, based on the marine forecast, we were expecting calm “winds variable, 10 kts or less.” Although it started out pretty nice, within an hour we had some low level white caps and chop. Skies were cloudy with sub-tropical clouds. Nonetheless the marine mammal sightings … Read More

9 Humpbacks, 35 Risso’s, 800 Commons and More.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale watching, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Risso dolphins, sea lion

  2015 07-20 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew racked-up a nice mix of both the abundance and diversity of cetaceans today with a total of 9 humpback whales (more in the area), 800 long-beaked common dolphins, 35 Risso’s dolphins, and a bunch of California sea lions.   It was an afternoon trip with very humid air from Hurricane Dolores, … Read More

20+ humpback whales and 3,000+ dolphins too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz Island

2015 07-17 SB Channel Captain Dave and his renowned crew successfully watched 20 humpback whales (with more in the distance) and a heart-thumping 3,000+ long-beaked common dolphins. It was a mill pond flat glass day with epic sea conditions from start to finish. A great visit to the Painted Cave and the west end of Santa Cruz Island put the … Read More

Ten humpbacks and more…

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching

  2015 07-15 SB Channel Skies were overcast until we reached the shipping lanes off Santa Cruz Island later in the trip, after which it was sunny and bright. The seas started off moderate and dropped along with the low clouds as the day progressed. Total close sightings for today included 10 humpback whales and 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins.   Here … Read More

Something like a record-breaking humpback whale and dolphin day.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel

  2015 07-12 SB Channel It was something like a record-breaking humpback whale and dolphin day. Here’s the story. At 10:30am we were less than 4 miles southwest of Santa Barbara Harbor and found a nice pod of long-beaked common dolphins. Of course, we did not realize at the time that we would be seeing dolphins everywhere we went in the … Read More