Humpbacks, Minke, and both short- and long-beaked dolphins

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

A friendly Minke whale.

2018 08-09 SB Channel Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express ran a course parallel to Santa Cruz Island, heading east to a point several miles north of Chinese Harbor.  Seas were glassy and calm.  The morning fog patches gave way to a high stratus layer with good surface lateral visibility.  Sightings included 1 Minke whale, 1300 long-beaked … Read More

A booby, humpbacks and plenty of dolphins

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

Humpback whale.

2018 08-01 SB Channel Captain Dave worked the north face of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands today and the Condor Express got great looks at 4+ humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins and several hundred California sea lions.  Sea conditions were very good.  Skies had a high, thin stratus layer. The first of at least a dozen pods of … Read More

Risso’s, commons and humpback whales.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale tail flukes.

2018 07-28 SB Channel While ocean conditions were very nice, the atmosphere played some tricks on the Condor Express today, with patches of dense fog alternating with areas of good visibility.  Nonetheless, it was a good day for cetacean-watching with 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 4 Risso’s dolphins closely watched. Multiple smaller pods of common dolphins were … Read More

Mother fin whale and her calf, a half dozen blue whales plus dolphins too

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

One of three fin whales we watched among the giant blues today.

2018 07-22 SB Channel East The giants were assembled on the grounds again today in larger numbers.  The hot spot was north of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island, south of The Lanes.  Captain Tasha and her crew located 6+ blue whales, 3 fin whales, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny all day. The air was subtropical.  … Read More

ACS-LA Charter yields blues, humpbacks and more

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

A mighty blue whale spout near Santa Cruz Island

2018 07-21 SB Channel-ACS The American Cetacean Society, Los Angeles Chapter, ran their annual summer all-day whale watching trip today.  When we departed Santa Barbara Harbor at 8 am, skies were covered by a thin low stratus layer.  Seas were calm with a light breeze and some very tiny chop on the surface.  By 10 am we were well under … Read More

Awesome blue whale in crystal clear, blue water…and more!

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

A giant blue whale is seen in its entirety in the transparent water today.

2018 07-19 SB Channel – East The ocean was very flat and calm today with lots of spots that were mill pond glassy.  Captain Dave and his crew ran down to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again and located 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 4 Minke whales, and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Many of the whale and dolphin sightings … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, Minke whale, dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Giant blue whale today with Remora attached.

2018 07-18 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew took the Condor Express back to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel where, once again, we found abundant life in The Lanes adjacent to West Anacapa Island.  Closely watched species today included 2 blue whales, 1 fin whale, 1 Minke whale and 500 long-beaked common dolphin.  Skies were mostly covered by … Read More

Blue whales, fin whale, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins!

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

Dorsal fin of a huge fin whale in the Santa Barbara Channel

2018 07-17 SB Channel – East Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 1 fin whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins and 15 offshore bottlenose dolphins.  The trip today ran southeast down to the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Skies were gray in the morning and sunny soon after. Upon arrival at the … Read More

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