Excellent conditions, excellent sightings

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale

Multiple blue whale spouts

2018 07-12 SB Channel Captain Dave reported excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today with sunny skies and very flat, calm seas.  Mammal sightings were, once again, terrific.  8+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 humpback whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today. The first sightings were south of The Lanes off the coast of beautiful … Read More

Four different species of cetaceans today.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale coming towards the camera

2018 07-08 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was sunny with practically no wind on both sides all day.  Total sightings included 4 blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 30 Risso’s dolphins and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. That made four different species of cetaceans watched today. As Captain Tasha and her crew laid down a course for the western end of … Read More

30 blue whales in the area. We closely watched 17…and more!

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

Blue whale spouting in the breeze.

2018 06-30 SB Channel High clouds in the morning gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon. The ocean surface was glassy and flat all day. Closely watched totals for the trip included: 17+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 700 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave estimates as many as 30 blue whales in the general area today. Our first … Read More

Ten blues closely watched…many more in the vicinity.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, shearwaters

A mother humpback whale and her calf in very blue water.

2018 06-29 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 10+ blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin stratus layer all day, and seas were calmer than yesterday.  There were a few sucker holes (small openings where beams of sun shined through) out near Santa Cruz Island. Captain Dave and his crew traversed the … Read More

Wind, waves, 8 giant blue whales, humpbacks, and more

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

2018 06-28 SB Channel A fresh breeze blew across the Santa Barbara Channel today and created some surface chop. But these things greatly enhanced the sightings by blowing the spout spray of the wildlife high into the air. Overcast skies quickly turned to bright sun out near beautiful Santa Cruz Island. We closely watched 8+ blue whales, 500 long-beaked common … Read More

Five different cetacean species today

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel

A giant blue whale with a peculiar dorsal fin was among the many seen this past week on the Condor Express.

2018 06-23 SB Channel Five different species of cetacean were discovered in the Santa Barbara Channel on today’s excursion led by Captain Colton and his crew.  The closely watched included: 4+ blue whales, 3+ fin whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 Minke whale, 200+ long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Many more whales and dolphins were visible in … Read More

Extremely friendly humpback, two fin whales and dolphins galore

Bob PerryCondor Express, fin whale, humpback whale

Humpback whale mugs the Condor Express. Photo © Capt. Dave Beezer

2018 05-24 SB Channel A high, thin stratus layer persisted all day but seas were very calm and lateral visibility for sighting wildlife was excellent.  Sightings today included:  200 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 fin whales and 1 humpback whale…but that is not the whole story. About 3 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor a nice herd of dolphins located the … Read More

Breaching humpbacks, fin whales, hundreds of dolphins and sea lions

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

Breaching humpback whale.

2018 05-23 SB Channel Captain Dave and his expert crew crossed the entire Santa Barbara Channel today and located a massive wildlife hot spot very close to Prisoner’s Harbor at Santa Cruz Island today.  Sightings for the day included:  2 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 850 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 California sea lions.  Skies had a light overcast all … Read More

Orca encounter, and more!

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

Orca CA49b photographed by our friend Angelo Senna

2018 02-17 SB Channel – An amazing day with 5 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 1200 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 orca closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew report ideal conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express traversed the Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search of wildlife. Just outside the … Read More