Five different cetacean species today

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel

A giant blue whale with a peculiar dorsal fin was among the many seen this past week on the Condor Express.

2018 06-23 SB Channel Five different species of cetacean were discovered in the Santa Barbara Channel on today’s excursion led by Captain Colton and his crew.  The closely watched included: 4+ blue whales, 3+ fin whales, 1 humpback whale, 1 Minke whale, 200+ long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Many more whales and dolphins were visible in … Read More

Another epic wildlife day in the Channel

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

A look at our pal, Scarlet, the friendly humpback whale in clear blue water.

2017 11-11 SB Channel Once again the Condor Express found ideal weather and sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Skies were clear and sunny.  The ocean surface was calm, and the water was clear.  Wildlife sightings were also excellent including 8 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. West of Platform Habitat and about 9.5 miles … Read More

Beautiful day and 3 different species of cetaceans

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale

Long-beaked common dolphins.

2017 11-01 SB Channel Captain Eric and the crew of the Condor Express found excellent sea conditions and spent the trip in an area southeast of Santa Barbara called The Flats.  Cetaceans observed today included:  5+ humpback whales, 1 Minke whale and 2000 long-beaked common dolphins. Things got off to a great start with a mega pod of at least … Read More

Humpback whales, Minke whales and good dolphin encounters

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

We closely watched 4 out of 8 Minke whales in the area

2017 10-29 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew cruised the southeastern Santa Barbara Channel on a cool-ish fall day and located a lot of cetaceans.  The following closely-watched species were counted:  11+ humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 4+ Minke whales. South of Platform A, in the Carpinteria rig line, 5 humpback whales, two Minke whales, and a … Read More

Sea lions play a game during dinner…and more!

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

California sea lion - feeding and tossing around its food (fish)

2017 09-18 SB Channel Captain Eric reported closely watching:  *4 humpback whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 Minke whale and 500 California sea lions.  Skies were mostly overcast, but the ocean was calm.  Additionally, Eric reports that the water clarity got even better today with that Santa Barbara cobalt color.  If you drew a straight line from UCSB Campus Point … Read More

Four different species of whales and a dolphin species

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, minke whale

Humpback whale tail throw.

2017 09-04 SB Channel Four different species of whales, and a dolphin species as well, made for a great excursion today.  There was a light cloudy layer in the sky all day, but seas were calm and the water was clear.  Captain Eric and his crew took the Condor Express south to the mid-Channel region and everyone had a blast.  … Read More

Spectacular day with bright sun and crystal clear water

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Red dot shows the location of the mid-Channel buoy around which all the wildlife was concentrated today.

2017 08-17 SB Channel The middle Santa Barbara Channel region was teeming with humpback whales.  In one zone we closely watched 11, but there easily could have been 20 or more.  Two Minke whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins were also closely watched.  It was a spectacular day with bright sun and crystal clear Santa Barbara cobalt blue water. All … Read More

Sunny day brings 4 different cetacean species

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

Offshore bottlenose dolphin (from an earlier Condor Express excursion)

2017 08-16 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express had a great day full of amazing sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Totals for the day included:  4 Minke whales, 250 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 9 humpback whales, and 1,300 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies started with a light, high stratus layer and soon turned clear, sunny and … Read More

Two species of whales, two species of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Minke whale from a late July excursion

2017 08-12 SB Channel There was hardly a breath of wind.  Skies had a thin stratus layer that came down to the deck once or twice as we headed 25 miles to the western Santa Barbara Channel.  Conditions were good except for some residual surface bump coming from stormy conditions last night far to the north and west.  Sightings for … Read More

A great day in the Santa Barbara Channel

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

Humpback tail flukes.

2017 08-11 SB Channel Captain Dave made a run towards the west again today but had to throttle-down a tad due to a moderate on-coming chop.  The sun was bright and sunny all day, and, together with the breeze, resulted in good conditions for sighting animals.  Today we closely watched:  2 Minke whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and 8* humpback … Read More