Lots of humpback whales, some Minke whales, dolphins and 2 Mola mola

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

Mola mola and its fan club. (Taken on the Condor Express 7/28/17)

2017 08-09 SB Channel It was sunny all day.  The day started out with a light bump on the surface but this laid down as the day moved along.  The ride home from the southwest was great.  Total sightings included 10* humpback whales, 2 Mola mola, 1 Minke whale and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave took the Condor Express … Read More

Calm seas yield great cetacean diversity today.

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

California sea lion.

2017 08-06 SB Channel Seas were calm in the northern Channel, and windy in the south.  Captain Eric and his crew found plenty of great animals in the north, including: 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 short-beaked common dolphins, 8 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales. The dolphins found the Condor Express starting about ½ mile out of Santa Barbara harbor … Read More

Humpback whales breached today and more

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

The world-famous Painted Cave at Santa Cruz Island

2017 08-04 SB Channel The tropical humidity diminished quite a bit today but in its wake it left the ocean surface flat and glassy. Sightings included: 7 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales, 1,800 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave ran across to the Painted Cave and back to gather these impressive sightings. Groups of dolphins began locating the Condor Express when … Read More

A subtropical day features humpbacks, Risso’s, commons, a Minke, and sea lions

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, minke whale, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Risso's dolphin.

2017 08-03 SB Channel Captain Eric and his renowned crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and had fantastic weather and sea conditions.  Subtropical moisture kept the humidity high, but also meant that there was no wind and the sea surface was flat.  Sightings for the trip included:  5 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, 6 Risso’s … Read More

Notes from our all-day whale watch with the American Cetacean Society

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, minke whale, San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Northern elephant seals and California sea lions on the sand at San Miguel Island today.

2017 07-29 SB Channel-All Day ACS Skies were overcast with a thick marine layer with some mist/drizzle in spots.  In the afternoon of this 8 ½ hour trip the sun finally broke out. The sea surface was mill pond glass for the first few hours.  As we moved towards the islands and beyond, and the day ran its course, a … Read More

The show-stopper was a very energetic humpback whale

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

This humpback whale was a show-stopper today.

2017 07-26 SB Channel-East It was a bright and sunny summer day in the Santa Barbara Channel, with very little wind in the morning and a moderate breeze in the afternoon.  Once again, Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express to the eastern Channel where Mother Nature was full of surprises.  Totals for the day include 500 long-beaked … Read More

5 Marine Mammal Species

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Sea birds, sea lion

Nice tail fluke pattern from one of our humpback whales today.

2017 07-25 SB Channel-East Captain Dave and his crew ran far to the eastern end of the Santa Barbara Channel and found 5 marine mammal species along the way.  Totals for the day include: 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), 100 California sea lions, 100 short-beaked common dolphins, 100 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 Minke whales and 3 humpback whales.  Large flocks … Read More

Humpback whales, Minke whales and dolphins galore

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

Minke whale. (from an earlier Condor Express trip)

2017 07-24 SB Channel Two different species of baleen whales were seen today, two humpback whales and two Minke whales.  In addition, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins were watched.  The day had a high stratus layer but lateral, whale-watching visibility on the ocean surface was great.  Captain Eric and his crew took the Condor Express and its guests southeast across the … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, Condor, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale with a Cascadia Research Collective suction cup data collecting tag. (Taken June 24, 2017)

2017 07-12 SB Channel Five different species of cetaceans were watched today, including: 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 blue whale, 6 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, and 600 long-beaked common dolphins.  A light stratus layer persisted for most of the day and allowed some warm but filtered light through to the deck.  Consequently, with no wind, the sea surface was … Read More

An epic day with a high diversity of marine mammals

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A nice blue whale waterfall in the Santa Barbara Channel

2017 07-08 SB Channel Once again Captain Dave and his crew worked both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel to come up with some epic sightings:  4 Minke whales, 4 humpback whales, 1 fin whale, 2 blue whales and 350 long-beaked common dolphins.  Again, sea conditions were fantastic. The first Minke whale sighting took place just a couple of miles … Read More