Fin whale, humpback whale, gray whales and dolphins too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, gray whales, humpback whale, Santa Cruz Island

A humpback whale was among the many cetacean species sighted today.

2018 02-10 SB Channel – Today the fog lifted to form a high stratus layer and seas were calm.  Conditions were ideal for watching wildlife.  Captain Dave and his crew put together a fantastic trip and the following closely-watched animals were seen: 1 humpback whale, 1 fin whale, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 6 gray whales. Not too far offshore … Read More

Amazing cetacean sightings.

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

A fin whale dorsal fin - like those seen today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express had some amazing cetacean sightings with perfect conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Totals for the day included: 1 humpback whale, 1 *blue whale, 6** fin whales, and 1700 long-beaked common dolphins. Starting about 4 miles out from the harbor, pods containing several hundred dolphins were distributed across the Channel.  … Read More

Summer weather and fantastic marine mammal sightings.

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

Giant blue whales in the Channel.

2017 11-24 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew found unusually hot weather and great sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Eric took the Condor Express to the west end of Santa Cruz Island and along the way spent time with 6 giant blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and several … Read More

Mega-mob of California sea lions and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

A mega mob of California sea lions with over 1,000 animals was encountered today.

2017 10-07 SB Channel While soaring air temperatures in Santa Barbara had everyone talking about the fall heat wave, conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel were ideal.  There was plenty of bright sun and warmth, but the sea breeze kept things quite moderate and nice.  The ocean surface had a few white caps by the time we got near The … Read More

Humpback, blue and 2 kinds of dolphins

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

California sea lions - always fun to see!

2017 09-10 SB Channel There was a weird little chop on the water and the atmosphere was a bit humid as the northern edge of a tropical storm pushed into southern California.  It was not a problem as far as comfort goes, nor for finding wildlife.  Earlier, before the trip left Santa Barbara Harbor, a gentle rain squall deposited a … Read More

The show-stopper was a very energetic humpback whale

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

This humpback whale was a show-stopper today.

2017 07-26 SB Channel-East It was a bright and sunny summer day in the Santa Barbara Channel, with very little wind in the morning and a moderate breeze in the afternoon.  Once again, Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express to the eastern Channel where Mother Nature was full of surprises.  Totals for the day include 500 long-beaked … Read More

Bright blue sun, bright blue water, and big blue whales.

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

A giant spout from a giant blue whale.

2017 06-14 SB Channel It was a gorgeous sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel. There was a little residual bump from the West, but there was hardly any wind. Total species cited for the day included 2,500 long beak common dolphins, 5 blue whales, and 3 humpback whales. Sightings today were fantastic. We had bright blue sun, bright blue water … Read More

A late northbound gray whale and lots more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara

A late northbound gray whale was seen today.

2017 06-13 SB Channel Fantastic!  The weather and sea conditions turned around and became quite nice overnight, and consequently it was much easier to search for and find wildlife.  There were several highlights of the trip today.  A late northbound gray whale, three humpback whales, three Minke whales and more than one thousand long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched. The … Read More

Rope and her calf, plus 2 blue whales, plus 2,000 common dolphins

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

Blue whale tail flukes waterfall.

2017 05-29 Memorial Day Rope and her calf, plus 2 blue whales, plus 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins created a memorable day for all.  It was a day with a thin marine layer that got a little bit breezy during the late afternoon.  It was another epic day on the Condor Express. Just past the outer entrance buoy to Santa Barbara … Read More

7 humpback whales including our friend Rope, and much more

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

Rope the female humpback whale and her namesake scar

2017 05-27 Eastern SB Channel 7 humpback whales including our friend Rope, 1 blue whale and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Captain Dave and his crew found great weather and sea conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel and spent the day in the southeastern corridor.  What a fantastic day it was! South of Henry, … Read More