Risso’s Dolphins mix it up

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

Risso's dolphins stole the show

Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Captain Dave ran a whopper of an excursion today as you will soon read. Sea conditions and prevailing weather were superb with bright sun and a glassy surface. Totals for the trip included 2 humpback whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and at least 200 Risso’s dolphins. Here are the details: The Condor Express attracted its … Read More

Risso’s dolphins join the mix

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

2016 07-14 SB Channel Captain Dave searched the entire region and ended up with one whopper of an excursion today:  12 humpback whales, 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins, 5 inshore bottlenose dolphins and at least 50 Risso’s dolphins.  Conditions were excellent in all respects. Humpback and common dolphin assemblages were like stepping stones from the 50-fathom line on out to Santa … Read More

Giant blue whales and more

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

2016 07-05 SB Channel The ocean surface featured a very light chop and breeze most of the day, with skies clearing to bright, warm sunshine just after 12 noon.  No fog!  Total cetacean sightings for the day included 10 Risso’s dolphin, 4 giant blue whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins and 4 humpback whales.  It should be noted that there were … Read More

Calm seas reveal much wildlife

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Risso's Dolphins, Velella velella

2016 06-03 SB Channel Captain Dave ran across to the feeding grounds and says there were more blue whales (as many as 15) than humpback whales (as many as 6).  Krill was on the surface, and there was surface lunge feeding by the beasts.  The stratus was on the deck near Santa Barbara Harbor, but opened up quite a bit … Read More

Slap Happy Humpback Goes Wild

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

  2016 05-09 SB Channel An  epic day with a thick marine layer but very calm seas.  All 4 islands were in  clear view.  Observations today included 4 humpback whales, 25 Risso’s dolphins, 200 long-beaked common dolphins and 100 short-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Dave commanded the Condor Express with Second Captain Eric on deck and Steve in the galley.  Here … Read More

Risso’s Dolphins Join the Mix

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

2015 10-24 SB Channel Captain Dave reported closely watching 8 humpback whales on the Condor Express excursion today. Also watched: 500 or so long-beaked common dolphins and around 15 Risso’s dolphins.   Conditions were very nice in the Santa Barbara Channel: flat calm seas, high/thin overcast, warm and clear cobalt water.  A mother humpback and her calf also visited us. Among … Read More