Orca encounter, and more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale, orca, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Orca CA49b photographed by our friend Angelo Senna

2018 02-17 SB Channel – An amazing day with 5 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 1200 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 orca closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew report ideal conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express traversed the Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search of wildlife. Just outside the … Read More

Update on 9-13 Killer Whale sighting.

Bob Perrykiller whale, orca

Killer whale - tall Male dorsal fin. From 9/13 Images now online at http://www.condorexpressphotos.com/2016/2016-09-13-SB-Channel-Orcas/

After processing the images from our exciting orca sighting last Tuesday, Alisa Schulman-Janiger, local cetacean and killer whale researcher, has provided some background information for us.  Alisa believe 3 matrilines were represented in our pod of 10 whales.  This includes CA51, CA138, and CA122C.   She continues:  The two larger males are from CA51 as were 2 others.  Four were … Read More

Orca for the second time in 5 days

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, killer whale, orca

September 18, 2016 – Limited visibility at times with semi-foggy conditions and flat glass ocean surface created a wonderful backdrop to a day full of cetaceans. Total sightings for the day included at least 5,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 humpback whale and a pod of 8 Bigg’s killer whales (Orcinus orca).  Captain Eric and his crew were on board and … Read More

Amazing Orca Encounter On Video

Scott Molesworthamazing ocean, beauty of the ocean, killer whale, orca, whale watching california

[tvideo type=”youtube” clip_id=”vbh6qg8H3CY”]   “We wanted to share this incredible video of an Orca encounter that a couple took on their vacation to Mexico. It is so fun to see what these incredible animals will do, and how they interact for fun in the wild. This was a pod of about 20 Orcas and they followed this small dive boat … Read More

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching trips

killer whales

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales This is our third transient killer whale (Orcinus orca) encounter in a week.  What a week it has been.  Captain Dave and the crew found great sea conditions and bright sun in the Santa Barbara Channel, making spout finding easier. The adventure today began with a trip over to Santa Cruz Island where … Read More

An all time epic “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia, California gray whale, California Whale Watching, Condor Express, killer whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

Killer day in the Santa Barbara Channel An all time epic or “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel As the Condor Express headed south out of Santa Barbara Harbor we were met with a mill pond flat glass sea surface, no wind and long sleeve tee shirt weather.  The water was clear and blue, and the above water vistas … Read More

Killer whales lead the list of 6 different marine mammal species today.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, killer whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel

Killer whales lead the list of 6 different marine mammal species today. According to https://orcasoftheworld.wordpress.com Bigg’s killer whales were formerly known as ‘transients’. In 2012, a push was made to rename this type of killer whale in memory of Dr. Michael Bigg (1939–1990). Bigg’s killer whales range all along the west coast of North America, from California to Alaska. They … Read More

Killer Whales in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob Perrykiller whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, Uncategorized, whale watching cruise

Killer whales feeding next to Condor Express Summary: 8 killer whales 2 gray whales 6 Dall’s porpoise 15 Risso’s dolphins 1,000 long beaked common dolphins minus one dozens of sea lions minus one For the 2nd straight day the Condor Express has encountered killer whales in the Channel. Today we ran across to Santa Cruz Island and found 8 orcas. … Read More