5 Blue Whales; 12++ Humpback Whales – Epic conditions

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching

Kelping behavior by a humpback whale. Photo taken on yesterday’s expedition. Captain Dave ran southwest for quite a while to a location where 6 killer whales had been reported 2 hours earlier by the sportfishing vessel Stardust.   Unfortunately killer whales can move a great distance in any direction they choose within a 2 hour window, so we never got on … Read More

First gray whales (2), blue whales (2+), humpback whales (16+), bald eagle (1)

Bob Perrybald eagle, blue whale watching, blue whales, gray whale, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, humpback whales

Tah-dah! Announcing the official opening of Gray Whale season on the Condor Express today! Our first gray whales of the 2015 season ! Another epic adventure on the Condor Express today.  Captain Dave took us through some dense coastal fog for a few miles and then things opened up and were sunny, calm and clear all day long.  The humpback … Read More

1 blue whale, 13+++ humpback whales, 1 minke whale, 1,000 common dolphins, 5 Risso’s dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, blue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, minke whale

Spectacular weather and off the charts whale watching today. Glassy seas, no swells, blue water, bright sunshine and vistas from Boney Ridge to Pt Conception including all 4 Channel Islands greeted us as we left Santa Barbara Harbor.  On the way out to the Santa Cruz Island hot spots. The first cetaceans of the many spotted today were about 1,000 … Read More

Mid-Channel Fun Zone

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Mid-Channel Fun Zone   Captain Eric located a wide swath of cetaceans just about smack dab in the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Winds in the Channel subsided as we heard reports of Santa Ana conditions from Ventura south.  Rounding out the fun we watched 6 humpback whales closely (with many more spouts in the area) including one … Read More

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too.

Bob Perryblue whale, channel islands, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too. The Santa Barbara Channel was magnificent;  slate gray, hardly any wind and spectacular above water vistas.  One could see Bony Ridge (Malibu) to Pt. Conception and all four Channel Islands. The day started with a relatively tame common loon that was observed swimming around close to the Condor Express inside Santa Barbara … Read More

Condor Express got MUGGED big time in the Humpback ‘hood

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

Condor Express got MUGGED big time in the Humpback ‘hood Clear blue water.  Light breeze.  Calm seas.  Great conditions for spouts.  Captain Eric ran back to the Santa Cruz Island hotspot today and found similar humpback #whale masses as reported the past few days.  12 humpback whales were closely watched with many more spouts seen in the distance near the … Read More

Acute Spoutitis Outbreak Today

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

Acute Spoutitis Outbreak Today I looked up the symptoms for “acute spoutitis” in my Physicians Desk Reference and I think I’ve got it, along with a boat load of our whale watching brothers and sisters.  Symptoms include such things as seeing spouts before your eyes when you get back to the dock and are walking through the Condor Express parking … Read More

It’s November 5. BLUE WHALE & more today.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

It’s November 5.  BLUE WHALE & more today. Captain Dave was doing his thang as “Who’s THE Man!”  today out there.  This whole trip was unbelievable, but trust me, I’m not making this stuff up.  The day starts off being a Santa Ana summertime day.  85F in Santa Barbara, and very comfy out on the Santa Barbara Channel.   Bright warm … Read More

11 Humpback Whales Take Turns With Behaviors

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

11 Humpback Whales Take Turns With Behaviors Captain Eric ran the Condor Express to the southeastern Santa Barbara Channel today and found a “mother lode” of very highly animated humpback whales.   There were 11 #whales all together, and if you think this was all about quantity, let me tell you about the quality of the sightings today.  Among the 11 … Read More