The first day of summer started with a bang.

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

A smokin' giant blue whale !

2017 06-20 SB Channel The first day of summer started with a bang.  7 blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 600 or so long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today.  Additional blue and humpback whales were seen in the distance.  There was sun intermixed with low stratus as we left Santa Barbara Harbor. Even though the NOAA NWS predicted calm … Read More

Tremendous cetacean biomass in our area

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

Camelo the giant blue whale frequently sends up a tremendous blast of air just before it sounds.

2017 06-19 SB Channel Although there was a thin stratus layer all day with only a few patches of bright sunlight, the ocean was calm and even mirror glass out near Santa Cruz Island.  With this in mind, Captain Dave and his crew located 8 blue whales, 7 humpback whales, 1,500 long-beaked common dolphins, and one fast look at a … Read More

Happy Father’s Day

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

Giant blue whale - giant tail !

2017 06-18 SB Channel Happy Father’s Day.  Today we had close looks at 8 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 10 blue whales and 6 mylar balloons. 2 ½ miles south of the red and white sea lion habitat (aka, Santa Barbara Harbor entrance buoy) we came upon a series of hot spots with common dolphins, California sea lions and … Read More

Camelo, the famous blue whale, was among 9 we encountered today.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

Camelo, a deformed giant blue whale in the Santa Barbara Channel today.

2017 06-17 SB Channel Camelo, the famous blue whale, was among 9 we encountered today. [For new readers, Camelo is a large animal with a big depression in its back, between the rostrum and dorsal fin.  It was first spotted years ago off Baja California and was named.]  Also observed were 1,400 long-beaked common dolphins and 5 humpback whales.  Many … Read More

Epic Wildlife Sightings: 15 blues, 12 humpbacks and more.

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

A pair of very active humpback whales went on a tail-throwing spree, simultaneously, side-by-side.

2017 06-16 SB Channel We experienced epic wildlife sightings today and closely watched 15 blue whales, 12 humpback whales, 10 long-beaked common dolphins and cruised by 14 ocean sunfish (Mola mola). As you will read below, the numbers do not tell the whole story. It was a warm, bright and sunny day with very light swells and winds…ideal for wildlife … Read More

At least 9 giant blue whales and more

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

One of 7 closely-watched giant blue whales from today's excursion.

2017 06-15 SB Channel There were at least 9 giant blue whales in the area.  We closely watched 7 of them.  Also watched were 500 or so long-beaked common dolphins, and 1 humpback whale. Offshore a few miles there were spots of dolphins and birds feeding on little schools of northern anchovies.  None rose to the level of what I’d … Read More

Bright blue sun, bright blue water, and big blue whales.

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

A giant spout from a giant blue whale.

2017 06-14 SB Channel It was a gorgeous sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel. There was a little residual bump from the West, but there was hardly any wind. Total species cited for the day included 2,500 long beak common dolphins, 5 blue whales, and 3 humpback whales. Sightings today were fantastic. We had bright blue sun, bright blue water … Read More

A late northbound gray whale and lots more!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Barbara

A late northbound gray whale was seen today.

2017 06-13 SB Channel Fantastic!  The weather and sea conditions turned around and became quite nice overnight, and consequently it was much easier to search for and find wildlife.  There were several highlights of the trip today.  A late northbound gray whale, three humpback whales, three Minke whales and more than one thousand long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched. The … Read More

Watching the whales and dolphins interact with the elements

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

Humpback whale tail throw.

2017 06-12 SB Channel 2 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today and it is only through the wonderful boat handling skills of the Condor Express crew that we had such great sightings.  Conditions were a bit windy and bumpy…but doable.  I personally love days like this because is serves to remind me what our marine … Read More

Moderately choppy but 1,500 dolphins and 2 humpback whales were seen

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

Humpback whale - spouting

2017 06-11 SB Channel We’re in one of those windy and moderately choppy periods now, but Captain Eric and his team took it slow and easy. The wild beauty of the Santa Barbara Channel cannot be exaggerated.  1,500 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales were closely watched.  When the seas come up a bit, it’s great to see these … Read More