Two different species of dolphins and loads of gray whale calves

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Pacific white-sided dolphin

2018 04-30 SB Coast Only 2 weeks left on our coastal gray whale season and things are still going strong!  Sightings for the day included:  30 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, and 4 gray whales.  Conditions were good.  It was partly sunny with just a slight bump on the water. On the way west, the first 2 whales … Read More

“Rope” was our first humpback of the season!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, gray whale season, Pacific white-sided dolphins

A pair of gray whales heads northbound off the coast of Isla Vista. 2018 04-14 SB Coast Three trips left the docks today with Captain Dave and his crew and pristine ocean conditions for wildlife-viewing.  It was sunny and there was no wind.  Sightings for the day included: 75 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 5 gray whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and … Read More

More inter-species interaction today between a whale and some dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Pacific white-sided dolphins kept us company on today's trips.

2018 04-07 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew ran two trips today, one at 9am and the other at noon.  There were 5 gray whales, 6 inshore bottlenose dolphins, and around 50 Pacific white-sided dolphins closely watched today.  The sea conditions were nice in the morning as a few light rain squalls passed through the Santa Barbara Channel.  After … Read More

White-sided and bottlenose dolphins interact

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in the clear, blue waters of Goleta Bay

2018 04-03 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express on two excursions today, one at 9am and the other at noon.  Totals included 3 different species of dolphins and one whale.  Seven gray whales, four inshore bottlenose dolphins, fifty Pacific white-sided dolphins, and three hundred long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  Skies started out with thin, … Read More

Sightings were fantastic with lots of whales and dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale mother and calf, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara

Best buddies. A California sea lion and a Pacific white-sided dolphin ride alongside the Condor Express.

2017 04-19 SB Coast Although the day started out with dense fog all the way down to the deck, it lifted by mid-morning and created ample visibility and calm seas for locating the following species today:  11 gray whales, 50 Pacific white-sided dolphins (Aka, lags) and 300 long-beaked common dolphins. Sightings were fantastic with lots of whales and dolphins.  The … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans today !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, humpback whales, minke whale, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

Among five kinds of cetaceans today, a nice pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins paid us a visit.

It was a glorious day in the Santa Barbara channel. Captain Dave and his crew provided ample opportunities to watch five different species of cetaceans and hordes of California sea lions. Totals for the entire day including all three excursions included six gray whales, three humpback whales, one Minke whale, 3000+ long beak common dolphins and 100 pacific white sided … Read More

Cetacean sightings were fantastic.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins

Pacific white-sided dolphin.

2017 03-24 SB Coast The Condor Express ran two trips today with very nice sea conditions and good weather.  10 gray whales, 100 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 Pacific white-sided dolphins and a lot of California sea lions were observed in total.  Cetacean sightings were fantastic. 9am Right away our first 2 gray whales were spotted just off Leadbetter Beach.  They … Read More

We hit the jackpot

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, gray whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Pacific white-sided dolphins

2017 03-18 SB Channel Hooray!  The fog monster that hit us a few times lately was not a problem today…conditions were excellent.  Captain Dave took the Condor Express along the coast of Santa Barbara and we hit the jackpot with whales and some different dolphin species. Among the 14 gray whales sighted today, two groups were very active and several … Read More

A good variety of species

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, minke whale, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel

Pacific white-sided dolphin

The Condor Express headed south across the Santa Barbara Channel and a good variety of species. The first stop cam when two very large blue whales surfaced near the boat.  One of the two was huge.  Both had short down, and long up, times.  The big one fluked up a few times and it proved that it was the same … Read More

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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