Moveable Feast

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 05-13 SB Channel Off we went across the Santa Barbara Channel to the northern waters of beautiful Santa Cruz Island (Island of the Holy Cross). There was not much wind until we got a bit past the commercial shipping lanes, and this was much calmer a ride than yesterday. It was partly cloudy and cooler, in advance of a … Read More

Gray Whale and Newborn!

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

  Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Dolphins and So Much More! We left the Santa Barbara Harbor entrance buoy and its compliment of 4 California sea lions behind at 1015am heading south.  At 1035 we came upon a dinghy/rowboat derelict and drifting in the Santa Barbara Channel.  It looked like the painter was completely frayed and the boat had come loose … Read More

Scarlet the Humpback Whale Gets Super Friendly

Bob Perrybald eagle, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching

  It was perhaps the best conditions for whale watching we’ve had in months:   mill pond flat and glassy all day, clear and sunny skies.  And the wildlife did not disappoint.  The Condor Express cleared the Santa Barbara breakwater at 1015am and at 1020am we were set up on a pod of at least 6 inshore bottle-nose dolphins.  These #dolphins … Read More

3 humpback whales, 1 gray whale and common dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale watching

3 humpback whales, 1 gray whale and common dolphins Captain Eric quickly located a hot spot with 3 #humpbackwhales around mid-Channel today.  Like yesterday, one of these was our friend “Scarlet.”   After some great looks at the humpback #whales, Eric took advantage of the excellent weather and sea conditions to pay a visit to the world famous Painted Cave on … Read More

Lovin’ the blue whales, humpbacks and dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island

12-13-14 Lovin’ the blue whales, humpbacks and dolphins The moderate seas and fresh breeze created some spectacular vistas from Pt. Conception to Boney Ridge, and Anacapa Island to San Miguel Island.  It was great to get clean sea air into your nostrils.  After a bit of rock and roll we found a super cooperative giant blue whale.  The #whale had … Read More

Fantastic! Blue whales still in the Santa Barbara Channel. Wow!

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

Fantastic! Mid-December and the blue whales are still in the Santa Barbara Channel. Wow! December 10, 2014 – A blue whale and 4+ humpbacks, etc. That’s right.  It’s December 10th and we still have blue whales feeding on the “ledge.”   And the humpback whale show continues to amaze everyone.  Who would have predicted this?   Our first cetacean encounter of the … Read More

Cetacean abundance and diversity continues…

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

Cetacean abundance and diversity continues… It’s been a long week with well-needed rain that brought winds and seas to the Channel.  Today was pristine, flat and very lake-like.   Near mid-Channel a single (but friendly) humpback whale was encountered, and it made a great close approach to the Condor Express.  Continuing across towards Santa Cruz Island the mother lode of cetaceans … Read More