Multiple whales and thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola

An ocean sunfish or Mola mola

2018 08-13 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her team located and closely watched 3+ humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola), and picked-up 5 Mylar balloons.  It was a great day on the water. The action began where we left off yesterday: south of The Lanes and adjacent to the western end of Santa Cruz Island.  … Read More

Kelping humpback and other delights

Bob Perryblue shark, common dolphins, humpback whales, Mola mola

A kelping humpback whale.

2018 08-07 SB Channel – Far East Captain Dave returned to the hot zone that has been firing north and east of Anacapa Island this week.  A hazy sunshine kept things nice and optimized locating wildlife.  Seas were calm.  Total sightings for the day included:  1 blue shark, 1 sunfish (Mola mola), 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  … Read More

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

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

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

A late northbound gray whale and lots more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara

A late northbound gray whale was seen today.

2017 06-13 SB Channel Fantastic!  The weather and sea conditions turned around and became quite nice overnight, and consequently it was much easier to search for and find wildlife.  There were several highlights of the trip today.  A late northbound gray whale, three humpback whales, three Minke whales and more than one thousand long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched. The … Read More

Sunfish and lots of cetaceans

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

Ocean sunfish (from my Condor Express archives)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Another day with Fall classic weather and sea conditions:  sunny all day with a flat, calm ocean.  Sightings today included 7 humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  Captain Dave and his crew set out on a southerly course and found so much friendly marine life they never went past … Read More

Humpback whales and great sea conditions

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola

Humpback whale

A gray day with a stratus layer met the Condor Express, but sea conditions were phenomenal.  Captain Eric and his crew headed southwest like yesterday, and had a solid day of sightings.  Three humpback whales, 2,600 long-beaked common dolphins, several dozen California sea lions and one large ocean sunfish were closely watched. The dolphins were mostly in groups of 100 … Read More

Cetaceans Cetaceans Cetaceans

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola, Pacific white-sided dolphins, shearwaters

  2016 06-22 SB Channel The low stratus hit the deck not too far out so Captain Dave turned on the radar and posted a lookout.  We were temporarily using our sense of smell to locate whales as taught by one of our CINC naturalist friends years ago.  There was no swell and the little chop that was coming down … Read More