Tropical clouds and humidity produce humpback mom & calf !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Tropical clouds and humidity produce humpback mom & calf ! Warm and humid with dark clouds overhead that streamed in from the south and east.  It never really rained but the east winds did set up some interesting wave patterns as the seas bucked up against the prevailing west swells in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Although we ran the coast … Read More

A great humpback whale show.

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

A great humpback whale show. Gorgeous. Sunny skies and warm sun all day. Medium breeze. Clear, blue water. A trip to the western Channel. Over 4,000 estimated common dolphins were spread throughout the west Channel and rode along with the Condor Express.  Dolphins, birds and sea lions have frequently led to hungry #humpbacks, as they did on this trip.  This … Read More

A Zillion Dolphins and Lots More

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

A Zillion Dolphins and Lots More I’ve been actively engaged is studying California marine life since 1969 and I’ve never seen so many dolphins as today.  There was literally a river of long beaked common dolphins several hundred meters wide and stretching on for many many miles, and then there were other herds inside and outside of our track.   Although … Read More

Too Many Humpback Whales to Count ?

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

Too Many Humpback Whales to Count ? Back we went today to the feeding grounds that have been going crazy these past several days on the north side of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Things started slow with just a few small common dolphin schools, but ramped up and up and ended with a crescendo of marine life and activity.  What … Read More