Lots of humpbacks, loads of dolphins and a huge sunfish.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A pair of humpback whales on a sunny day.

2018 10-24 SB Channel Blue skies and fair seas enhanced the closely watched 7+ humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola). Captain Dave and his crew transected the Santa Barbara Channel as far as the western end of Santa Cruz Island. The hotspot today was 6 – 8 miles offshore with all the whales in … Read More

Three humpback whales, loads of dolphins and a sunfish.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish)

A humpback whale with its white pectoral flippers shining beneath the surface.

2018 08-18 SB Channel Superior weather and sea conditions made it ideal for locating and watching wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  This resulted in 3 humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) being closely observed. There were two prime activity zones or hotspots today.  One was located 7 miles north of the world-famous … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by … Read More

Large numbers of whales and dolphins in the north Channel

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

A full grown adult humpback whale flukes-up so close to the Condor Express

2017 09-15 SB Channel It was another sunny day with excellent weather and sea conditions for locating and watching wildlife.  Captain Dave and his crew closely watched: 9* humpback whales, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  The trip ran completely across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search … Read More

Humpback whale mugs the boat…and more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel

A friendly humpback whale shows the side of its head and eyeball today.

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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

Mola mola, common dolphins, bottlenose and 5 humpback whales

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

A humpback is shown "kelping," or playing in detached paddies of giant kelp. (Photo from an earlier Condor Express excursion)

2017 07-18 SB Channel Again the morning fog lifted to form a low marine layer with calm seas and great conditions for locating wildlife.  Captain Dave and his team found 3 cetacean species and a cool fish.  These included: 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), 900 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 5 humpback whales.  Although the Condor Express … Read More

A large Mola mola, 6 humpback whales and 750 dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

A large Mola mola, similar to the one we watched today except this Mola (from summer 2016) had a bite taken out of its tail fin.

2017 07-17 SB Channel Skies were covered all day by a high stratus layer, and seas were extremely calm.  Captain Eric and his team set-up and got great looks at:  6 humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 large Mola mola (ocean sunfish).  The excursion today made good sightings on both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel. The inaugural … Read More

Ideal wildlife conditions prevailed in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale.

2017 07-03 SB Channel Calm seas, no swell, and sunny skies – ideal wildlife conditions prevailed in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Captain Eric and his crew located the following animals:  7 humpback whales, 1 blue whale, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and one Mola mola (ocean sunfish). Out on the 50-fathom line, as has been the … Read More

10 humpbacks, 8 blues, 200 dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

A humpback whale surfaces in the middle of a hot spot with brown pelicans and sooty shearwaters all over. (Photo taken on Condor Express 6/13/17)

2017 06-30 SB Channel 10 humpback whales, 8 blue whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish made for a rich and enjoyable wildlife tour in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Captain Eric and his crew covered a lot of water under a gray stratus layer and with fairly calm seas. It was on the 50-fathom line near UCSB … Read More