The Summer of the Blues Continues

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

An iPhone photo of a blue whale calf taken by Captain Dave Beezer last year. Note that this calf is larger than the one Dave saw today.

2018 07-13 SB Channel The “summer of the blues” continued today. Captain Dave and his crew traveled across the Santa Barbara Channel to the giant whale congregation near Santa Cruz Island.  The crew reports seeing more than 20 big blue whales in the area, and watched 14 closely.  In addition, 600 long-beaked common dolphins were observed. There was not much … Read More

Blue whales, fin whales, offshore bottlenose and common dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Fred Benko, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A tiny long-beaked common dolphin calf seen with its mother.

2018 07-09 SB Channel There is still a residual amount of heat in town as the tail end of a multi-day heat wave passes through.  Hot in town, but moderate and nice out in the Santa Barbara Channel where the following species were closely watched: 7+ blue whales, 2 fin whales, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

Four different species of cetaceans today.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

Humpback whale coming towards the camera

2018 07-08 SB Channel The Santa Barbara Channel was sunny with practically no wind on both sides all day.  Total sightings included 4 blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 30 Risso’s dolphins and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. That made four different species of cetaceans watched today. As Captain Tasha and her crew laid down a course for the western end of … Read More

Blue whales and dolphins in abundance today

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

A giant blue whale tail seen fluking-up.

2018 07-05 SB Channel The day began with a thin marine layer then, as is typical this time of year, gave way to a sunny afternoon.  A fresh breeze kept things nice and took the edge of any possible heat problems.  These ideal conditions helped Captain Tasha, and the crew of the Condor Express, closely watch 8+ blue whales and … Read More

Giant blue whales, huge fin whales and many hundreds of dolphins

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

"Porpoising" California sea lions are always in the mix when ocean hot spots develop. They feed on the same food (anchovies) as common dolphins, and mimic their high speed leaps.

2018 07-02 SB Channel The big whales are still around.  Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched 5 blue whales, 2 fin whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins today. California sea lions were everywhere the dolphins went.  Per usual, this count does not include animals “in the neighborhood” that we did not stop and get looks … Read More

Lots of blue whales, lots of humpback whales and a couple thousand dolphins.

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

A breaching humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2018 07-01 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express put in tremendous effort and brought some amazing wildlife sightings to the whale fans today.  Closely watched cetaceans included: 12 blue whales, 7 humpback whales and 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were sunny.  Seas were calm and glassy.  The water was very blue and clear. Not far … Read More

30 blue whales in the area. We closely watched 17…and more!

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

Blue whale spouting in the breeze.

2018 06-30 SB Channel High clouds in the morning gave way to sunny skies in the afternoon. The ocean surface was glassy and flat all day. Closely watched totals for the trip included: 17+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 700 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Dave estimates as many as 30 blue whales in the general area today. Our first … Read More

Ten blues closely watched…many more in the vicinity.

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

A mother humpback whale and her calf in very blue water.

2018 06-29 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 10+ blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin stratus layer all day, and seas were calmer than yesterday.  There were a few sucker holes (small openings where beams of sun shined through) out near Santa Cruz Island. Captain Dave and his crew traversed the … Read More

Wind, waves, 8 giant blue whales, humpbacks, and more

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

2018 06-28 SB Channel A fresh breeze blew across the Santa Barbara Channel today and created some surface chop. But these things greatly enhanced the sightings by blowing the spout spray of the wildlife high into the air. Overcast skies quickly turned to bright sun out near beautiful Santa Cruz Island. We closely watched 8+ blue whales, 500 long-beaked common … Read More

A dozen blue whales and dolphins too

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

Juvenile blue whale named "Wave." iPhone photo ©Capt Tasha Sobol

2018 06-26 SB Channel The Condor Express traversed the Santa Barbara Channel again today and located the giant whale hot spot off the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island.  Here we located and closely watched 12+ blue whales, 1 fin whale, and 600 long-beaked common dolphins.  There were many more spouts all around the zone.  Skies started off with a … Read More