Clear, sunny, gray whales and dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, great white shark, Santa Barbara, sea lion

A friendly juvenile gray whale from today's excursion.

2018 02-23 SB Coast – Two Condor Express excursions left the SEA Landing docks today, one at 9am and the other 12 noon.  Totals for the day include: 3 gray whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was exceptionally clear and sunny on both trips.  The wind was blowing pretty hard in the morning then switched direction (from NW to … Read More

Dolphins and humpbacks

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

Common dolphins get ahead of a humpback whale. Sometimes they even ride the bow wave of a whale.

2017 09-12 SB Channel Seas were calm.  Skies started out overcast but got sunny later in the morning.  Conditions were fine for locating and watching wildlife.  Today the Condor Express closely watched: 5 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave and his crew headed towards one of the spots that has been very productive off and on this … Read More

Calm seas yield great cetacean diversity today.

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

California sea lion.

2017 08-06 SB Channel Seas were calm in the northern Channel, and windy in the south.  Captain Eric and his crew found plenty of great animals in the north, including: 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 short-beaked common dolphins, 8 humpback whales and 2 Minke whales. The dolphins found the Condor Express starting about ½ mile out of Santa Barbara harbor … Read More

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

Giant blue whale tail flukes. This whale dove "sideways," thus the flukes are at an unusual angle in this photograph.

2017 07-02 SB Channel Calm seas reigned across the zone and the sunshine popped out of the morning stratus layer for a fantastic day of wildlife sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Eric and his crew reported the following:  10 humpback whales, 7 blue whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 Mola mola (ocean sunfish). South of Santa Barbara … Read More

10 humpbacks, 8 blues, 200 dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

A humpback whale surfaces in the middle of a hot spot with brown pelicans and sooty shearwaters all over. (Photo taken on Condor Express 6/13/17)

2017 06-30 SB Channel 10 humpback whales, 8 blue whales, 200 long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 ocean sunfish made for a rich and enjoyable wildlife tour in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  Captain Eric and his crew covered a lot of water under a gray stratus layer and with fairly calm seas. It was on the 50-fathom line near UCSB … Read More

Massive numbers of highly active humpback whales and dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

A very friendly humpback whale makes an approach towards the stationary Condor Express (a boat with no propellers or rudders)

2017 06-26 SB Channel Wind and seas may have stopped a Santa Barbara Channel crossing to the blue whale feeding grounds, but it did not stop the massive numbers of highly active humpback whales and dolphins.  15 humpbacks and 2,400 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today out on the 100-fathom curve in front of Santa Barbara. It is always … Read More

Cetacean sightings were in the stratosphere.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

A huge humpback whale went into a serious tail-throwing episode today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2017 06-24 SB Channel A mixture of bright sunny areas and a few overcast areas created an excursion with lots of different moods.  Cetacean sightings were in the stratosphere.  7 blue whales, 13 humpback whales and 2,500 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched.  The seas were calm until we got to the Santa Cruz Island whale grounds where the breeze … Read More

The saga continues – cetaceans are hot in the Channel.

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

A male California sea lion exercises its vocal chords near Santa Barbara Harbor today.

2017 06-22 SB Channel The saga continues – cetaceans are hot in the Channel. Captain Eric and his trusty deckhand/whale spotter, Steve, steered the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel again today to the fertile whale grounds near Santa Cruz Island.  Totals for the day included: 5 blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins.  There was … Read More

Another fabulous day – blue whales, humpback whales, dolphins.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

The blue streak. A giant blue whale, or about 2/3rds of it, seen under the water.

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