Humpbacks, fin whale, two species of dolphin and a Mako shark

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

Mako shark (from an earlier Condor Express trip)

2017 09-27-SB Channel Captain Dave reports seeing 5 humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1000 short-beaked common dolphins, and as a bonus, one nice Mako shark.  Skies were clear and sunny.  The ocean was mill pond glass and clear.  It was another epic day for the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel. Dolphins were everywhere, most … Read More

Surface lunge-feeding

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, mako shark, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Surface lunge-feeding humpback whale courtesy of Christina Tombach Wright (2017)

2017 05-26 SB Channel This is a summary of our sightings from Friday, May 26…sorry for the delay:   2 humpback whales, 1 mako shark, and 400 long-beaked common dolphins.  The day started out with some high stratus which burned off quickly and left us in bright sun most of the day. Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express … Read More

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

Mako Shark steals the show

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor, humpback whales, mako shark

  2016 06-14 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was certainly rich with marine life and the Condor Express was there to watch today as we continue our epic string of big whale sightings.  Captain Dave ran a southwesterly course towards the west end of Santa Cruz Island but never made it that far.  We were stopped by two large … Read More

Humpback, a Mako and some Dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, mako shark, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel

2015 09-26 SB Channel Humpback, a Mako and some Dolphins A report from Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express tells us that there were ideal wildlife-watching conditions again today in the Santa Barbara Channel. At the start of the excursion, Dave took the boat southwest and ended up approximately mid-Channel and off Platform Holly. Sunny skies, clear … Read More

Whales Dolphins and Sharks

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, mako shark, Santa Barbara Channel

Today it was all about whales dolphins and sharks. Gorgeous bright sun, flat calm seas and clear, blue water characterized the excursion today as Captain Eric and his crew racked-up an impressive number of quality cetaceans and chondrichthyes.   In the same general area as our first encounters yesterday, the Condor Express watched 6 humpback whales. A few surface lunges and … Read More

A Mako Shark Sighting enhances a Great Whale Watch Day

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, mako shark, Santa Barbara

A Mako Shark Sighting enhances a Great Whale Watch Day You know the Condor Express, we’ll stop and look at any interesting wildlife when we’re out there.  Captain Dave paused the whale and dolphin watching for a short while today as everyone on board got some great looks at a 6 or 7 foot Mako Shark in clear blue water.  … Read More