Humpbacks make a big fuss amidst thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

One of the friendly trio of humpback whales seen today. iPhone photo by Capt. Dave.

2018 10-18 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express worked the northwestern region of the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Sightings included 3 (very active) humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. All the action took place about 8 miles out from El Capitán point.  Seas were calm, skies were sunny and bright.  Our first encounter was … Read More

Two species of whales and over a thousand dolphins

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

Sea cliffs near the western end of Santa Cruz Island (Profile Point)

2018 10-17 SB Channel We’ve had a great stretch of weather in the Channel and today was another nice one. It was sunny and it was calm. Captain Dave and his crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up west of Santa Cruz Island. Total sightings included:  2 humpback whales, one Minke whale, and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

An elephant seal, loads of whales, thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

An elephant seal on the open ocean.

2018 10-14 SB Channel Our adventure ran across the Santa Barbara Channel, stopping for wildlife, and ended up with a tour of the Santa Cruz Island sea cliffs.  It was drop-dead gorgeous with bright sun and calm seas.  Our sightings for the day included 9 humpback whales (more in the area), 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 400 short-beaked common dolphins and … Read More

Lots of whales and dolphins on a drop-dead gorgeous day

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales

It's fun when all the life gets together.

2018 10-14 SB Channel It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day with flat, calm seas and abundant wildlife.  Sightings today included 6 humpback whales and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express concentrated their efforts on a productive region between the mid-Channel NOAA buoy and a nice spot south of The Lanes. One whale … Read More

Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea … Read More

A nice trip to Santa Rosa Island results in great whale sightings

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

A mob of sea lions gathers on the surface above feeding humpback whales below

2018 10-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew ran across the entire Santa Barbara Channel to locate wildlife today.  Skies were covered by a high cloud layer, but seas were flat and calm.  Totals included 6 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 75 California sea lions. On our trip out several large pods of dolphins located the Condor … Read More

Humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions on a sunny day in the Channel.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback and dolphins.

2018 10-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express searched the Santa Barbara Channel and came up with a great trip full of wonderful sightings.  1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions were closely watched today.  The day was sunny but included a moderate bump and swell. The first groups of … Read More

Humpbacks, commons and Risso’s today.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

A Risso's dolphin breached repeatedly today.

2018 10-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located 3 different species of cetaceans today and had great look at them all.  In addition to 2 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 Risso’s dolphins were also closely watched.  Seas were calm, skies were mostly clear.  This was a private charter cruise for cruise … Read More

Humpbacks, dolphins and…..ORCAs !

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, killer whale

Captain Dave snapped this photo of the friendly killer whales today with his iPhone.

2018 09-29 SB Channel The ocean conditions were sunny and calm, perfect for locating and watching 5 killer whales, 5 humpback whales, 1 blue shark and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. All of the action took place on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel. The killer whales were located about 4 miles off UCSB.  There was 1 big male … Read More