Looks were fantastic as humpbacks, Dall’s Porpoise and Common Dolphins were watched.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale breaching in the Santa Barbara Channel. ©Robert Perry

2018 12-09 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew encountered flat seas, mostly sunny skies and great “4-island” visibility.  Sightings included 3+ humpback whales, 10 Dall’s porpoises and 750 long-beaked common dolphins.  The looks were fantastic. On the way southbound towards Santa Cruz Island a single whale was located.  It was a bit shy and moving slowly east.  A group … Read More

An epic cetacean-filled day.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

A chin-slapping humpback whale.

2018 12-07 SB Channel Clear, sunny skies and calm seas prevailed once again in the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel. A massive feeding hotspot was located and resulted in close observations of 10+ humpback whales and 2500 long-beak common dolphins. It was an epic cetacean-filled day. All the action was located near the southbound shipping lanes near Prisoners Harbor on Santa … Read More

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

8 humpbacks with plenty of great behaviors.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

A friendly humpback whale pays a visit to its fan club.

2018 09-28 SB Channel A couple of nice breaches off the western end of Santa Cruz Island guided Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express into a nice activity zone.  Skies were overcast all day and, consequently, the sea surface was flat and calm.  Totals for the day included: 8 humpback whales (more in the area) and 700 … Read More

Amazing array of marine mammals today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

One of the many friendly humpback whales we saw today in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2019 09-19 SB Channel Surprisingly, things started out with patches of dense fog and a moderate bump on the surface, but from the mid-Channel and beyond the sun was shining and the surface calmed down.  These conditions permitted the Condor Express staff to locate and closely watch an amazing array of marine mammals today, including: 8 humpback whales*, 3000 long-beaked … Read More

Massive dolphin megapod, whales and more.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

A small part of a dolphin megapod pays a friendly visit to the Condor Express.

2018 09-06 SB Channel A long-beaked common dolphin megapod located the Condor Express south of UCSB today.  The pod was so large it was 8 miles across, according to Captain Dave and the crew.  We also watched:  2 humpback whales, and 300 California sea lions.  Skies had a high stratus marine layer all day, and the sea surface was flat … Read More

9 humpbacks and surface lunge-feeding today!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

A surface lunge feeding humpback whale.

2018 09-01 SB Channel Winds were light to non-existent in the Channel, and a residual long-period swell didn’t bother any of the mammals, on board the Condor Express or in the water.  Captain Dave and his crew located a great deal of action today that included close looks at 9 humpback whales, 500 California sea lions and 300 long-beaked common … Read More

Humpbacks, a Minke, loads of dolphins and Oceanic Power

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

A commercial ship and a humpback whale share the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 08-31 SB Channel The hot spot today was, once again, along the edge of the southbound commercial shipping lanes.  The Condor Express made the following sightings:  4 humpback whales, 1 Minke whale, 650 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 California sea lions and 1 42,000 ton bulk carrier*.  Seas were a bit more exhilarating than yesterday, but those hearty whale watchers … Read More

8 humpback whales – surface lunge feeding – dolphins too

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

Humpback whale surface lunge feeding.

2018 08-30 SB Channel Today the Condor Express worked a hot spot near The Lanes, and adjacent to the western end of Santa Cruz Island. Despite the moderately choppy and windy conditions, Captain Dave and the crew located 8 humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 California sea lions and masses of various predatory sea birds. Highlights of the day … Read More

Whales and some notes regarding surfing dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island

A humpback, dolphin, seabird and California sea lion hot spot.

2018 08-20 SB Channel Once again the west end of beautiful Santa Cruz Island was producing whales and dolphins today.  Captain Tasha and her crew located and closely watched 2 humpback whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin marine layer, a long period (slow-rolling) swell, and just a trace of wind. The whales were seen several miles … Read More