A giant blue in the breeze

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

Giant blue whale tail flukes!

2018 07-15 SB Channel Skies were sunny today, mostly due to the fresh breeze which kept things blue.  The breeze also made the ocean surface a bit bumpy, but Captain Dave and his crew employed all their navigational tricks-of-the-trade to keep the Condor Express as stable as possible while getting great looks at the mammals.  The track was to the … Read More

The Summer of the Blues Continues

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

An iPhone photo of a blue whale calf taken by Captain Dave Beezer last year. Note that this calf is larger than the one Dave saw today.

2018 07-13 SB Channel The “summer of the blues” continued today. Captain Dave and his crew traveled across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale congregation near Santa Cruz Island.  The crew reports seeing more than 20 big blue whales in the area, and watched 14 closely.  In addition, 600 long-beaked common dolphins were observed. There was not much … Read More

Blue whales, fin whales, offshore bottlenose and common dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Fred Benko, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A tiny long-beaked common dolphin calf seen with its mother.

2018 07-09 SB Channel There is still a residual amount of heat in town as the tail end of a multi-day heat wave passes through.  Hot in town, but moderate and nice out in the Santa Barbara Channel where the following species were closely watched: 7+ blue whales, 2 fin whales, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. … 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

Five giant blue whales, a big fin whale and several hundred dolphins

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

Pacific harbor seals are often seen in the harbor. I guess they don't call them "harbor" seals for nothing.

2018 07-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express encountered sunny skies today.  It was breezy out in the southern part of the Santa Barbara Channel, but very nice and calm in the northern half.  The following closely watched cetaceans were reported:  5 blue whales, 1 fin whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphins. South of The … Read More

Blue whales and dolphins in abundance today

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

A giant blue whale tail seen fluking-up.

2018 07-05 SB Channel The day began with a thin marine layer then, as is typical this time of year, gave way to a sunny afternoon.  A fresh breeze kept things nice and took the edge of any possible heat problems.  These ideal conditions helped Captain Tasha, and the crew of the Condor Express, closely watch 8+ blue whales and … Read More

Giant blue whales, huge fin whales and many hundreds of dolphins

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

"Porpoising" California sea lions are always in the mix when ocean hot spots develop. They feed on the same food (anchovies) as common dolphins, and mimic their high speed leaps.

2018 07-02 SB Channel The big whales are still around.  Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 2 fin whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins today. California sea lions were everywhere the dolphins went.  Per usual, this count does not include animals “in the neighborhood” that we did not stop and get looks … Read More

Lots of blue whales, lots of humpback whales and a couple thousand dolphins.

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

A breaching humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2018 07-01 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express put in tremendous effort and brought some amazing wildlife sightings to the whale fans today.  Closely watched cetaceans included: 12 blue whales, 7 humpback whales and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny.  Seas were calm and glassy.  The water was very blue and clear. Not far … Read More

30 blue whales in the area. We closely watched 17…and more!

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

Blue whale spouting in the breeze.

2018 06-30 SB Channel High clouds in the morning gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon. The ocean surface was glassy and flat all day. Closely watched totals for the trip included: 17+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 700 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave estimates as many as 30 blue whales in the general area today. Our first … Read More