First mother and calf gray whales of the season …. and lots more!

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds

  First mother and calf gray whales of the season …. and lots more! We ran only one trip today:  it was a showdown at high noon.  The morning fog had lifted to become some low overcast with thin spots that felt warm.  Not long out of the mouth of Santa Barbara Harbor which was guarded by the harbor dredge … Read More

It’s Gray Whale Season – Let’s Welcome the Humpbacks

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, gray whales, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara

It’s Gray Whale Season – Let’s Welcome the Humpbacks Two trips out of Santa Barbara Harbor today, one at 9am and another at 12 noon.  Sea conditions were great in the morning and only got better in the afternoon.  It was hot and sunny.  If I had to find a “negative,” it would be that the Spring phytoplankton bloom is … Read More

2 trips = 10 gray whales and more

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, humpback whale, Santa Barbara

2 trips = 10 gray whales and more Captain Eric reports great gray whale sightings today and more activity all around the neighborhood.   By “neighborhood” I mean from Stern’s Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor west towards Goleta Pier.  At 9am there were 4 very nice and friendly gray whales the were swimming along at a moderate speed with good surface … Read More

One great gray whale and then….

Bob PerryCondor Express, gray whale, Santa Barbara

One great gray whale and then…. Captain Eric headed out into a moderate breeze at 9am and quickly found a very cooperative gray whale.  This whale not only had 3 minute down times, but came alongside the Condor Express frequently as Eric followed along.  The whale was first located off the old Lighthouse, and we continued with it until we … Read More

Harbor closure continues

Bob PerrySanta Barbara

Harbor closure continues Captain Dave updated the situation in Santa Barbara Harbor.  The recent strong Pacific storms that brought long overdue rains to southern California were accompanied by very big swells that were generated far offshore as the storms moved towards land.  These huge waves shifted the sands and debris into the mouth of Santa Barbara Harbor making safe passage … Read More

Two Gray Whales put on a real show

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, Condor Express, gray whale, Santa Barbara

Two Gray Whales put on a real show High noon.  Just off the extinguished Santa Barbara Light.  Conditions: calm, sunny, clear skies, blue waters.  It was against these staging elements that Captain Dave and his crew of experts had a magical encounter with two medium-small, probably juvenile, southbound gray whales.  At first the pair came up to the boat and … Read More

Two Gray Whales and Tons of Life

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

Two Gray Whales and Tons of Life Great, warm, sunny weather with clear skies and clear water prevailed in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  The Condor Express ran one trip, the 3pm adventure.  We motored east to the prime anchovy bait balls, and again the area was full of zillions of these little silvery fish being attacked by seabirds, sea … Read More

Gray whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, Dall’s porpoise and sea lions!

Bob PerryCondor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Gray whales, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, Dall’s porpoise and sea lions! It was definitely a “who’s who” among the marine mammals in the Santa Barbara Channel today.  It was a grey, silvery day that started out with a light chop and some misty drizzle.  Things quickly improved to become a grey, silvery day with mirror glass conditions and no rain … Read More