2 Cooperative Minke Whales and 1 Nice Humpback

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

2 Cooperative Minke Whales and 1 Nice Humpback Captain Dave ran a coastal path and went west today.  There were common dolphins everywhere.  The sea conditions were good along the coast, but got a bit more windy offshore.  While on the coast, amidst the dolphins, the Condor Express encountered 2 cooperative Minke whales.  One of the Minkes did something odd:  … Read More

Beware of the Hungry Humpbacks !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island

  Beware of the Hungry Humpbacks ! Less than a mile from Santa Barbara Harbor about 7 or so humpback whales had all the anchovies balled up and on the surface in shallow water.  Those same innocent humpbacks we’ve been watching all week, including Rope, suddenly turned into giant feeding machines.  Anchovies were flying everywhere.  Rope won first prize for … Read More

An excellent day in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

An excellent day in the Santa Barbara Channel The sun came out as we left the dock and the patchy low stratus dissolved.  There was a gentle breeze but it was still quite warm when we stopped on whales and dolphins.  The water continues its trend and remains very clear and very blue.  Our friend Sherry reported seeing humpback whales … Read More

Six Humpback Whales including our Friend “Rope”

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island

Six Humpback Whales including our Friend “Rope” Today we ran an afternoon trip from 100 pm to 530 pm with the venerable Captain Dave at the helm.  The adventure took us east and then southeast for a change and this new strategy did not disappoint.  Right off the bat we were surrounded by friendly common dolphins and large groups of … Read More

Tropical clouds and humidity produce humpback mom & calf !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Tropical clouds and humidity produce humpback mom & calf ! Warm and humid with dark clouds overhead that streamed in from the south and east.  It never really rained but the east winds did set up some interesting wave patterns as the seas bucked up against the prevailing west swells in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Although we ran the coast … Read More

Risso’s Dolphin Nursery Pod and More !

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Risso dolphins, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

Risso’s Dolphin Nursery Pod and More ! Captain Dave headed south towards the last known location of our humpbacks yesterday.  Not far outside Santa Barbara Harbor I spotted a Minke whale and we got 2 or 3 decent looks at it before our attention was diverted towards the first of many many large herds of long beaked common dolphins.  In … Read More

The hottest of hot spots lights up sightings today !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Mola mola, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

The hottest of hot spots lights up sightings today ! About 6 miles south of Santa Barbara is where the many individual hot spots were on the way out this morning.  Seabirds, sea lions, countless common dolphins (5,000 +) were all gorging themselves on the seemingly endless supply of anchovy schools.  Of course the humpbacks were here and there on … Read More

Humpback hot spots

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback hot spots We found dolphin, seabird and humpback whale activity three times during today’s adventures.  First, about 4 miles out from Santa Barbara Harbor, we located a hot spot full of anchovy masses.  There were so many anchovy spots that the dolphins and birds were passing up many of these to get to larger and large focal areas a … Read More

Glassy Seas and Tons of Cetaceans

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Glassy Seas and Tons of Cetaceans There was a lot of bait in the water a few miles out of Santa Barbara Harbor.  Sea conditions were mirror glass under a marine layer with no ground level fog today.  The bait attracted thousands of common dolphins, seabirds, sea lions and some very hungry humpback whales.  After this initial sighting we pressed … Read More

Plenty of humpback action and a Blue whale too

Bob Perryblue whale, common dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion

Plenty of humpback action and a Blue whale too Off the west end of Santa Cruz Island we located a single #bluewhale today….feeding on deep krill…taking very long dives.   But as we ran in tight to the island (in visibility ranging from 1 to 4 miles), we discovered a “mother lode” of #humpback whales.  Some of these humpbacks were lunge … Read More