Whelfies abound

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

Not a whelfie, but nice humpback action nonetheless.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 – It was a great day for whelfies. Total species populations for the day included 8 humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 very large ocean sunfish (Mola mola). The details are as follows: Not long after making a right turn on the 50, Eric and his renowned crew were greeted by two humpback whales … Read More

Bait ball hopping

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

Surface lunge-feeding. iPhone photography by Captain Eric.

Monday, August 29, 2016 – Captain Eric and his “ojos de águila” deckhand Auggie, went bait ball hopping and found a mother lode of at least 10 (closely watched) humpback whales and 1,000 or more long-beaked common dolphins out off Campus Point. Sea conditions were good but got worse the further west the Condor Express went. Here are the glorious … Read More

Hammerhead Shark joins the Mammals

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

Today's hammerhead shark

Thursday, August 18, 2016 –  Among all the mammal sightings the highlight of the trip turned out to be a fish.  A 7-foot long hammerhead shark was located on the surface in glassy and sunny conditions as we traveled back to Santa Barbara from the Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.  Additional sightings included 3 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales, … Read More

August 2, 2016 – Santa Barbara Channel –

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara

Long-beaked common dolphin leaping across the glass

The continuous cacophony of hundreds of elegant terns calling back and forth all day provided a sharp musical accompaniment to the whale and common dolphin sightings.  Captain Eric, along with his deckhand, “ojos de águila” Auggie, located 4 main foci of activity starting just outside Santa Barbara harbor, and ending about 7 miles north of beautiful Santa Cruz Island.  Skies … Read More

Stepping-Stones of Life – Santa Barbara –

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

Sea conditions included very little wind and a glassy ocean surface.  If I had to find something small to balance out against all that positive stuff, it was the smoke from the very distant Santa Clarita area fire which somehow got circulated into Santa Barbara and made the sky brown in spots without apparent health concerns.  Trip sightings included stepping … Read More

July 19, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

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

Weather and sea conditions were calm as we departed Santa Barbara and the wind  picked up later, especially in the southwestern  Santa Barbara Channel.  Totals for the day included 2 humpback whales, 2,500 common dolphins and 1 very large Mola mola. It was the “day of the dolphin” and we encountered many groups, both large and small, everywhere we traveled … Read More

Blue Whales and much more

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

  2016 07-07 SB Channel Goodness gracious we had a great excursion today.  Skies were partly sunny with some low stratus in the morning, but gave way to full, warm sun as we got into The Lanes and beyond.  There was a wonderful breeze with a tiny wind swell from the west and things were well within the comfort level … Read More

What a summer whale season it has been !

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

There was plenty of stratus at the start of the excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel today, and some of it was fog on the deck.  Luckily, things began to break into some good, clear sunny patches as we came up on our first marine mammals out near The Lanes.  The ocean surface was very glassy all day and there … Read More

Many Whales in the Fog

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

  2016 06-23 SB Channel Today the epic battle for truth, knowledge, beauty and whales took place in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Once again the elements of nature were highly variable.  Seas were calm and glassy most of the day with a light breeze picking up in the afternoon out near the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.  The stratus remained the … Read More