Great conditions and fantastic sightings today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, mako shark, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

We had a great look at a Mako shark like this one cruising along on the glassy surface today.

2017 05-25 SB Channel A fabulous glassy, calm day led to the following sightings:  1 Mako shark, 3 humpback whales and 2,200 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were great conditions and fantastic sightings today. The “show” started just a few miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express were approached by the first of … Read More

1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 1 humpback plus 150 long-beaked common dolphins

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

A Fin Whale.

2017 05-21 SB Channel What a day: 1 blue whale, 1 fin whale and 1 humpback plus 150 long-beaked common dolphins.  All this:  great weather and sea conditions for Captain Eric and his amazing Condor Express crew. Eric started out by taking a southeasterly track and soon, near the oil rig line, the dolphins came and found the boat.  It … Read More

One humpback whale and one gray whale

Bob PerryCondor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, Santa Barbara

A humpback whale aims straight for the camera. (From my archives)

2017 05-08 SB Coast One humpback whale and one gray whale were seen during a single 12 noon excursion.  Captain Tasha handled the Condor Express and Captain Eric was also on board to help.  Conditions were very nice and a light breeze kicked up towards the end of the cruise. The humpback was located ½-mile south of Santa Barbara Harbor.  … Read More

Surface lunge-feeding humpback and more

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, humpback whale

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale !

2017 04-13 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew got off the docks with two excursions today into the northern Santa Barbara Channel and total sightings were as follows:  4 gray whales, 2 bottlenose dolphins, 1 humpback whale and 100 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were periods of light rain, but mostly it was not wet and the seas were calm … Read More

Two species of whales and a herd of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, humpback whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Pacific Gray Whale (from my Condor Express archives)

2016 12-27 SB Channel Other than a large period open ocean swell that rolled up on the sea cliffs out on the northern face of Santa Cruz Island, it was a calm and wonderful day for wildlife viewing on the Condor Express. Total mammal sighting for today included two species of whales and about 400 long-beaked common dolphins.  The whales consisted … Read More

School of Mola mola and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Mola mola (From my Condor Express archives)

Captain Dave and the Team took a new route today and ran to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel on flat glass calm seas. Sightings for the day included 1 humpback whale, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 150 California sea lions and 14 Mola mola. Along our path to the east our first wildlife encounter was with a single humpback whale. At … Read More

A fantastic expedition

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

Humpback whale tail (From my Condor Express archives)

Rain was forecasted but Captain Eric and his crew found sunny, blue skies and calm seas in the Santa Barbara Channel today. Sightings included 1 blue whale, 1 humpback whale, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 300 California sea lions.  All this added up to a fantastic expedition. The first stop of the day was near The Lanes where … Read More