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

Killer whales !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, killer whale

©2018 Capt. Dave Beezer Friendly killer whales today in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 05-16 SB Channel Five Bigg’s killer whales and 50 long-beaked common dolphins were seen today.  (Bigg’s killer whales were formerly known as north Pacific transient Orca’s). The day started out sunny and calm then got a little breezy around noon. It is always a great day when we see Orca’s. On our way out of Santa Barbara Harbor a … Read More

Orcas !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, killer whale

2016 11-25 SB Channel It was a bumpy ride during the first half of the Santa Barbara Channel crossing, calming quite a bit in The Lanes. Here the choppy surface and big swells became a smooth surface with a long period (but still large) ground swell.  It was sunny thereafter.  The surprise and treat for the day was a group … Read More

Update on 9-13 Killer Whale sighting.

Bob Perrykiller whale, orca

Killer whale - tall Male dorsal fin. From 9/13 Images now online at

After processing the images from our exciting orca sighting last Tuesday, Alisa Schulman-Janiger, local cetacean and killer whale researcher, has provided some background information for us.  Alisa believe 3 matrilines were represented in our pod of 10 whales.  This includes CA51, CA138, and CA122C.   She continues:  The two larger males are from CA51 as were 2 others.  Four were … Read More

Orca for the second time in 5 days

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, killer whale, orca

September 18, 2016 – Limited visibility at times with semi-foggy conditions and flat glass ocean surface created a wonderful backdrop to a day full of cetaceans. Total sightings for the day included at least 5,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale and a pod of 8 Bigg’s killer whales (Orcinus orca).  Captain Eric and his crew were on board and … Read More

Killer Whale Encounter

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, killer whale, minke whale, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Killer Whale Encounter. Although not vegans by any means, like most marine mammals these Bigg's killer whales love to play in giant kelp.

Remember the date, Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  It was a wonderful day with all sorts of marine mammals and an extensive killer whale encounter.  In addition to at least 10 Bigg’s killer whales we had visits from 4 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 short-beaked common dolphins, and a few hundred California sea lions. The day … Read More

Killer Whale Update

Bob Perrykiller whale

2015 12-07 Orca Update December is our best month for killer whale sightings !   Sign-up now while conditions are great ! Here is an update on the identity of the Bigg’s* killer whales that the Condor Express watched closely for about a hour on Saturday near Chinese Harbor, Santa Cruz Island. Our friend, Alisa Schulman-Janiger, co-author** of the photo-ID catalogue … Read More

Fun with Killer Whales and MORE !!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, gray whales, killer whale

killer whales

Fun with Killer Whales and MORE !! It was a foggy crossing across the Santa Barbara Channel today, but it lifted and became sunny near the commercial shipping lanes.  As the Condor Express broke out of the fog, we found ourselves right up close to a group of  5 Killer whales (that soon became 7 when 2 more joined the … Read More