Common and Risso’s dolphins plus plenty of humpback whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

One humpback whale and two common dolphins photographed on a recent trip.

  2018 11-25 SB Channel The strong wind that blew through the channel the past few days subsided and we had a wonderful trip today. Totals for the trip include 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 20 Risso’s dolphins, and 5 humpback whales. Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express initially headed south west to a location that was very … Read More

Five different species of cetaceans!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

Risso's dolphins were among the 5 species of cetaceans spotted today.

2018 11-18 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew racked-up an amazing array of cetaceans with awesome sightings of each species.  Totals for the trip included 4 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 15 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 35 Risso’s dolphins, and 30 Dall’s porpoise.  Seas were calm and the water was very clear. Five different species of cetaceans were watched … Read More

Humpbacks, commons and Risso’s today.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

A Risso's dolphin breached repeatedly today.

2018 10-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located 3 different species of cetaceans today and had great look at them all.  In addition to 2 humpback whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 Risso’s dolphins were also closely watched.  Seas were calm, skies were mostly clear.  This was a private charter cruise for cruise … Read More

Mother humpback and her calf go berserk.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

A humpback whale swam up close to the Condor Express, rolled over to expose its ventral grooves, and slapped its long pectoral flippers. Wow!

2018 09-25 SB Channel Overcast skies stayed with us most of the day until we got on the hotspot out near Santa Rosa Island. Seas were calm in the north Channel and a little breezy in the south. Sightings for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 Risso’s dolphins and about 500 California sea lions. There … Read More

Lots of humpbacks including our buddy, the little calf

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

Part of a herd of Risso's dolphins.

2018 08-26 SB Channel Although there was a residual swell in the Santa Barbara Channel, the ocean calmed down and conditions near Santa Rosa Island were ideal for locating and watching wildlife.  The hot spot today was much larger and had more players involved.  Captain Tasha reported 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 Risso’s dolphins, 7 humpback whales and 1000 California … Read More

6 humpbacks, lots of Risso’s and thousands of common dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins

Friendly humpback whale

2018 08-21 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express found a lot of wildlife today including great looks at 6 humpback whales, 40 Risso’s dolphins and 2500 long-beaked common dolphins.  The common dolphins and whales were together again, as we’ve seen most of this week.  Great to see Risso’s too. The Risso’s dolphins found the Condor … Read More

Four different species of cetaceans today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso's Dolphins

A Risso's dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 08-08 SB Channel – Far West Captain Dave and his crew explored a fresh territory and located four different species of cetaceans in the far western Santa Barbara Channel.  After several days of working the opposite end of the Channel, Dave changed things up, and had a spectacular trip to waters we do not often frequent.  Whereas Anacapa Island … Read More

Risso’s, commons and humpback whales.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale tail flukes.

2018 07-28 SB Channel While ocean conditions were very nice, the atmosphere played some tricks on the Condor Express today, with patches of dense fog alternating with areas of good visibility.  Nonetheless, it was a good day for cetacean-watching with 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 4 Risso’s dolphins closely watched. Multiple smaller pods of common dolphins were … Read More

Four different species of cetaceans today.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale coming towards the camera

2018 07-08 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was sunny with practically no wind on both sides all day.  Total sightings included 4 blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 30 Risso’s dolphins and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. That made four different species of cetaceans watched today. As Captain Tasha and her crew laid down a course for the western end of … Read More