Six different cetacean species

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island

Bottlenose dolphin in clear blue water

2018 07-03 SB Channel – West Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up in the middle of the north coast of beautiful Santa Rosa Island. It has been a while since we last visited our second largest southern California island. Sightings for the day were phenomenal with 6 different species of cetaceans.  Total numbers … Read More

Six different marine mammal species were observed.

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

Twenty Risso's dolphins were seen today among the great diversity of marine mammals observed.

2017 11-25 SB Channel Once again fearless Captain Eric and his renowned crew took the Condor Express near the western end of Santa Cruz Island and six different marine mammal species were observed today.  Sea conditions were very calm and the following were closely watched:  2+ blue whales, 4 humpback whales, 20 Risso’s dolphins, 650 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 inshore … Read More

Sightings included 3 species of dolphins and 1 kind of whale

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

humpback whales
Humpback whales feeding. (from an earlier Condor Express trip)

2017 08-10 SB Channel It was a bright and sunny day in the western Santa Barbara Channel.  Seas had a very small chop and there was a light breeze.  All systems were “go” for finding and observing wildlife.  Sightings included 3 species of dolphins and 1 kind of whale:  11* humpback whales, 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 Risso’s dolphins and … Read More

A subtropical day features humpbacks, Risso’s, commons, a Minke, and sea lions

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, minke whale, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Risso's dolphin.

2017 08-03 SB Channel Captain Eric and his renowned crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel to Santa Cruz Island and had fantastic weather and sea conditions.  Subtropical moisture kept the humidity high, but also meant that there was no wind and the sea surface was flat.  Sightings for the trip included:  5 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, 6 Risso’s … Read More

Great sightings of 6 different marine mammal species.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

A brown pelican crash-dives to catch northern anchovies among the dolphins, whales and sea lions.

2017 07-13 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew wrapped-up a fantastic package of cetaceans today and ended up with great sightings of 6 different marine mammal species.  The list for today included: 6 humpback whales, 20 California sea lions, 3 Minke whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 30 Risso’s dolphins and 2 blue whales.  The fog was on the deck … Read More

Two kinds of whales and two kinds of dolphins were seen today.

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

A highly energetic Risso's dolphin juvenile. (From an earlier Condor Express adventure)

2017 07-11 SB Channel 1 blue whale, 10 humpback whales, 25 Risso’s dolphins and 500 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Captain Dave and his crew worked both sides of the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express found lightly overcast skies and relatively calm seas. Two kinds of whales and two kinds of dolphins were seen today. Not … Read More

Humpback whales, Risso’s dolphins, and common dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Part of a large Risso's dolphin pod. (From an earlier Condor Express trip)

2017 07-10 SB Channel 7 humpback whales, 50 Risso’s dolphins and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins were seen today.  Captain Eric and his crew again worked both the north and south sides of the Santa Barbara Channel with clear, sunny skies and calm seas. It was nice to see Risso’s dolphins again. The first hot spot was located out near the … Read More

Risso’s dolphins and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion, shearwaters

Risso's dolphins

It was a “Fall Classic” with bright sunny skies all day and very calm seas.  That Santa Barbara Channel cobalt blue color is coming back and permits some nice underwater looks at the species.  Regarding today’s species, 3 humpback whales, 18 Risso’s dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 750 California sea lions.  All the sightings were good and … Read More

Risso’s Dolphins and more fun animals

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

A Risso's dolphin with a small stringer of giant kelp in its mouth. Is it smiling?

Saturday, August 20, 2016 – The sun broke out around 11 am and stayed out.  It was a bit windy, and got windier as we moved west and offshore, but there was no ground swell or “bump” on the water.  Translation:  conditions were good.  Sightings for the day included 200 long-beaked common dolphins, at least 1,000 short-beaked common dolphins, 5 … Read More

Pelagic Red Crabs and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, minke whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

Pelagic red crab

August 19, 2016 –  “Glassy and gorgeous all day” is how Captain Dave described things today.  The excursion was filled with fun stuff including 1 humpback whale, 50 Risso’s dolphins, at least 3,000 long-beaked common dolphins, hundreds of pelagic red crabs, nearly 100 California sea lions, and several Minke whales in the area. Not far offshore the dolphins found the … Read More