All 4 northern Channel Islands were seen, plus whales and dolphins too.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

One of today's humpback whales had a lot of scratches. Some vaguely resemble Orca rake marks, and some may be male-to-male social interaction with barnacle-festooned pectoral flippers.

2018 11-10 SB Channel The views afforded as we traversed the Santa Barbara Channel included seeing all 4 northern Channel Islands, a major smoke plume above Bony Ridge from the Malibu fire, and otherwise very calm seas with lots of mirror glass in the morning.  Spouts from the 4 humpback whales we closely watched hung in the air like mist.  … Read More

Curious twist on friendly humpback behavior

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Great iPhone photo of our curiously friendly whale today by Capt Dave.

2018 10-27 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran across the channel to Santa Cruz Island finding patchy dense fog along the way. Sightings included: 25 Risso’s dolphins, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins, and 2 humpback whales. After a great look at 25 Risso’s dolphins, Dave worked along the face of the island and brought the … Read More

Lots of humpbacks, loads of dolphins and a huge sunfish.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A pair of humpback whales on a sunny day.

2018 10-24 SB Channel Blue skies and fair seas enhanced the closely watched 7+ humpback whales, 1000 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola). Captain Dave and his crew transected the Santa Barbara Channel as far as the western end of Santa Cruz Island. The hotspot today was 6 – 8 miles offshore with all the whales in … Read More

An elephant seal, loads of whales, thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, ELEPHANT SEAL, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

An elephant seal on the open ocean.

2018 10-14 SB Channel Our adventure ran across the Santa Barbara Channel, stopping for wildlife, and ended up with a tour of the Santa Cruz Island sea cliffs.  It was drop-dead gorgeous with bright sun and calm seas.  Our sightings for the day included 9 humpback whales (more in the area), 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 400 short-beaked common dolphins and … Read More

Three species of dolphins and whales too!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Agile and acrobatic: the offshore population of bottlenose dolphins are seen socializing.

2018 09-05 SB Channel The fog monster hung around most of the morning and there was near zero visibility at times.  Consequently, there was little or no wind and seas were flat calm and glassy.  Don’t ask me how Captain Dave and his crew did it, but once again, despite fog, the wildlife sightings were very good.  Closely watched species … Read More

14+ giant blue whales, a fin whale and plenty of dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale spout.

2018 06-27 SB Channel The action has moved west along the north face of beautiful Santa Cruz Island and most of the wildlife is now a few miles out from the famous Painted Cave.  Today we closely watched 14 blue whales (at least 20 were in the area), 1 fin whale and 300 long-beaked common dolphins.  Overcast skies cleared quickly … Read More

Fin whales and Gray whales

Bob PerryCondor Express, fin whale, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

Gray whales seen heading north to their feeding grounds in Alaskan waters.

2018 02-18 SB Channel – Six fin whales and 2 gray whales provided the cetacean action today in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave and his crew located wildlife between Santa Cruz Island and Santa Barbara Harbor.  Weather and sea conditions were good, although the forecast for tomorrow is not.  Our next trips are currently scheduled for Tuesday, when conditions … Read More

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

Seven fins, two grays and some porpoises.

Bob PerryCondor Express, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, whale watching california

A gray whale in clear water.

2018 02-16 SB Channel – Captain Dave and his crew once again found excellent sea and weather conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express located and closely watched the following:  7 fin whales, 2 gray whales and 4 Dall’s porpoises. The trip started by heading west and finding a single gray whale in the Channel outside UCSB.  … Read More

Four southbound gray whales !

Bob PerryCondor Express, gray whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island

A close look at a friendly gray whale.

2018 02-07 SB Channel – It was a spectacular sunny day with warm, blue skies as we departed Santa Barbara Harbor this morning.  But just offshore we entered dense, less than ¼-mile visibility, fog.  It stayed with us all day until we returned to the same point on the way home.  Considering the fog, today’s sightings of 4 gray whales … Read More