Ooodles of Cetacea on a Silver Ocean

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

Ooodles of Cetacea on a Silver Ocean Light rain is in the forecast for midnight tonight and the clouds moved in making the sky and ocean a brilliant silvery color.  There was a very light chop from the south east breeze, but otherwise it was flat calm and a wonderful day for spotting marine mammals. Captain Eric with his keen … Read More

Humpback Whales Invade the Channel En Masse

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, kayak, minke whale, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

  Humpback Whales Invade the Channel En Masse Let me set the stage for you.  It was mill pod glass flat most of the day with bright sun and clear blue water.  Later in the trip a few ripples showed up.  Veteran Captain Dave first took us to that month-after-month productive region east of Henry where we located and watched … Read More

5 Humpbacks (including a calf) Mug the Condor Express

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

  5 Humpbacks (including a calf) Mug the Condor Express Well, by now you probably heard about all the blue whales out in the shipping lanes yesterday, and so you’ll understand when I tell you that Captain Dave laid in a straight course heading for that area today.  Sea conditions were even flatter and calmer than yesterday.   Dave describes it … Read More

Everyone on board had the Blues

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

Everyone on board had the Blues Blue skies.   Crystal blue water.  At least 6 blue whales (three watched closely).  They came out of the blue as we were looking for our humpback whale friends from yesterday in the eastern Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave spotted a spout at least 3 miles ahead of the boat.   I don’t know how he … Read More

Blue skies and blue water with Soooo Many Cetacans

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

  Blue skies and blue water with Soooo Many Cetacans Not far to the east of Santa Barbara Harbor and out past the “rig line” we encountered a few small but playful pods of long beaked common dolphins.  While #dolphin watching, the keen eyes of deckhand Augie spotted a spout a mile or two south of our position.  Upon arriving … Read More

50+ Risso’s in Crystal Blue Water Steal Show

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

50+ Risso’s in Crystal Blue Water Steal Show Yes, Captain Dave and his team put the Condor Express into position for 2 nice, large, adult humpback whales today.  These #whales had long-ish down times and tended to swim a mile while submerged on each cycle.  Nevertheless, Dave knows a trick or two and great looks were had by all.   The … Read More

Fantastic Day but where is Shorty?

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Risso dolphins, Santa Cruz Island

Fantastic Day but where is Shorty? Captain Dave and his crew ran into the eastern Santa Barbara Channel under sunny skies, calm seas with clear water all around.   Among the 6+ humpbacks we watched were Top Notch and, later, Scarlet.  Scarlet did her now famous sideways, open mouth swim/feed behavior again today.   And,  yes it was only Scarlet today; … Read More

Blue skies, Blue water, Blue whale ! ..and more.

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

Blue skies, Blue water, Blue whale !   ..and more. After enjoying some tremendous sightings of 4 humpback whales and at least 2,000 long beaked common dolphins in the eastern Santa Barbara Channel, Captain Dave changed course and headed for a tour of the western end of Santa Cruz Island and the world famous Painted Sea Cave.   Along the route Dave … Read More