Two species of whales and over a thousand dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Sea cliffs near the western end of Santa Cruz Island (Profile Point)

2018 10-17 SB Channel We’ve had a great stretch of weather in the Channel and today was another nice one. It was sunny and it was calm. Captain Dave and his crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel and ended up west of Santa Cruz Island. Total sightings included:  2 humpback whales, one Minke whale, and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea … Read More

Humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions on a sunny day in the Channel.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback and dolphins.

2018 10-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express searched the Santa Barbara Channel and came up with a great trip full of wonderful sightings.  1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions were closely watched today.  The day was sunny but included a moderate bump and swell. The first groups of … Read More

Nice humpback sightings and plenty of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel

Friendly humpback whale and its fan club.

2018 07-30 SB Channel The Condor Express set out to cross the Santa Barbara Channel in heavy fog this morning.  The whale action started near The Lanes and off the Santa Cruz Channel. Total sightings for closely watched cetaceans today included 4 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. The sightings started off with great looks at 2 humpbacks and … Read More

Mother fin whale and her calf, a half dozen blue whales plus dolphins too

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

One of three fin whales we watched among the giant blues today.

2018 07-22 SB Channel East The giants were assembled on the grounds again today in larger numbers.  The hot spot was north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, south of The Lanes.  Captain Tasha and her crew located 6+ blue whales, 3 fin whales, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny all day. The air was subtropical.  … Read More

ACS-LA Charter yields blues, humpbacks and more

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

A mighty blue whale spout near Santa Cruz Island

2018 07-21 SB Channel-ACS The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter, ran their annual summer all-day whale watching trip today.  When we departed Santa Barbara Harbor at 8 am, skies were covered by a thin low stratus layer.  Seas were calm with a light breeze and some very tiny chop on the surface.  By 10 am we were well under … Read More

Seas were calm. Whales were giant.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel

One of several blue giants we watched today.

2018 07-20 SB Channel – East The thin marine layer clouds soon burned off and the day was clear and warm.  Seas were calm.  Captain Dave and the crew ran across the Santa Barbara Channel on a southeasterly heading and located a whale area off the northern face of West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched sightings included 3 blue whales, 1 … Read More

Awesome blue whale in crystal clear, blue water…and more!

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A giant blue whale is seen in its entirety in the transparent water today.

2018 07-19 SB Channel – East The ocean was very flat and calm today with lots of spots that were mill pond glassy.  Captain Dave and his crew ran down to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again and located 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 4 Minke whales, and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whale and dolphin sightings … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins!

Bob Perryblue whales, bottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Dorsal fin of a huge fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 07-17 SB Channel – East Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 1 fin whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 offshore bottlenose dolphins.  The trip today ran southeast down to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny soon after. Upon arrival at the … Read More