Fabulous sunny day with calm seas…and tons of cetaceans.

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

2015 07-11 SB Channel The crew of the Condor Express, under the command of Captain Eric, closely watched at least a dozen humpback whales and 2,000+ long-beaked common dolphins today.   Sea conditions were fantastic, and the sun was shining all day long.  Around the middle point of the trip we visited Santa Cruz Island and the Painted Cave. The #whales … Read More

17 Humpbacks & Lunge-Feeding near Santa Rosa Island

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

  2015 07-09 SB Channel Seventeen humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched on our excursion. There were two distinct zones of activity in the Santa Barbara Channel today, the first was about 7 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor and stretched far and wide. At least a dozen #whales were spread across this zone … Read More

17++ Humpbacks and A Mother Blue Whale shows us her Calf

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

  2015 07-06 SB Channel First let me give you the total picture of today’s excursion: We closely watched 17 humpback whales (with at least that many more in the distance and seen as we were moving locations), and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. It was mostly a cloudy, low, thick stratus sky today with light mist/drizzle in the morning. As we … Read More

Captain Dave drains a ton of Humpback Whales and more

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

2015 06-28 SB Channel Winds outside precluded the south side of the Santa Barbara Channel, but the north half was quite doable.   There was only a slight breeze in our neck of the water, with a short interval bump from the strong winds blowing far to the west. The excursion today focused on a hot region west of the oil … Read More

Summertime blue whales = 4, Humpback whales = 10 + Dolphins too

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

  2015 06-26 SB Channel Captain Eric has been on a hot streak.   Yesterday he was in charge when we had a 2-hour lunge-feeding humpback whale show.   Today not only did we watch at least 10 humpbacks, but we also had great looks at 4 giant blue whales.   Dolphins were in abundance both days. Pretty quickly after a spin around … Read More

A Record-Breaking Day for Humpback Whales and Dolphins

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

2015 06-16 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran another excellent cetacean adventure in the Santa Barbara Channel today. The harbor entrance buoy, which is typically inhabited by a half-dozen or so female and juvenile California sea lions, had a not fully grown male taking up at least half the buoy. This is mating and … Read More

Big Blue Whale and Humpbacks Breaching

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, shearwaters

2015 05-27 SB Channel It was a tale of north Channel versus South today. Captain Dave and the crew departed Santa Barbara and headed southeast towards the rig line. About ½-mile west of Hogan there was an active hot spot with long-beaked common dolphins, pelicans crashing, sooty shearwaters and a few gulls.   In and around this area we watched 11 … Read More

Suddenly there are a LOT of whales around here.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 05-17 SB Channel Captain Eric steered the Condor Express into humpback whale land again today, but under much better sea conditions than Saturday’s adventure.   There was only a light breeze today, and it was calm otherwise. The “hot spot” today featured lots more humpback whales, and these beasts seem to be spreading out. The whale fans enjoyed close looks … Read More

Biomass Bonanza and Ship Strike Prevention

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

  2015 05-15 SB Channel Captain Dave ran one of those “see it all” classic whale watch excursions today with a new technological twist that saved whales. In short, we visited with 2 gray whales, 8+ humpback whales, and approximately 3,000 common dolphins and hundreds of California sea lions. And then the saving whales thing.   Read the details: Heading out … Read More