Whales, common dolphins and offshore bottlenose dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

Glassy seas and clear water make for great looks at humpback whales.

2018 10-11 SB Channel Although skies were covered by a gray marine layer for part of the trip, seas were absolutely calm and still. Captain Tasha and the crew took the Condor Express across the Santa Barbara Channel to the waters north of Santa Rosa Island.  Closely watched encounters included 3 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 California sea … Read More

A nice trip to Santa Rosa Island results in great whale sightings

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

A mob of sea lions gathers on the surface above feeding humpback whales below

2018 10-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew ran across the entire Santa Barbara Channel to locate wildlife today.  Skies were covered by a high cloud layer, but seas were flat and calm.  Totals included 6 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 75 California sea lions. On our trip out several large pods of dolphins located the Condor … Read More

Humpback mother and calf redux.

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

Mother humpback whale and her calf

2018 09-26 SB Channel It was another great trip across the Santa Barbara Channel to Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island, where we visited with the same humpback mother and calf that we saw yesterday.  1500 long-beaked common dolphins were also watched.  Skies began overcast but things got nice and sunny fast.  Seas were just a tiny big choppy. Again the … Read More

Mother humpback and her calf go berserk.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale mother and calf, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, Sea birds, sea lion

A humpback whale swam up close to the Condor Express, rolled over to expose its ventral grooves, and slapped its long pectoral flippers. Wow!

2018 09-25 SB Channel Overcast skies stayed with us most of the day until we got on the hotspot out near Santa Rosa Island. Seas were calm in the north Channel and a little breezy in the south. Sightings for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 Risso’s dolphins and about 500 California sea lions. There … Read More

Nice wildlife near Santa Rosa Isand’s western end.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Santa Rosa Island

Humpback whale tail.

2018 09-10 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew took a wonderful long excursion across to the western end of Santa Rosa Island in search of wildlife.  At times visibility was limited due to fog.  Totals for the day include 1 humpback whale and 350 long-beaked common dolphins. The humpback made a couple of nice close, friendly approaches to the … Read More

Wonderful time with whales, dolphins and sea lions.

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

A humpback spy hop.

2018 09-09 SB Channel Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express found overcast skies that later burned-off to bright sunshine. Lots of marine life was spread across the Santa Barbara Channel today. Totals included: 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 humpback whales, and 500 California sea lions. The first sighting included a pot of about 200 dolphins near the … Read More

Mother and calf humpback plus 1500 short-beaked common dolphins

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

Common dolphins on the move!

2018 09-08 SB Channel The Condor Express had some interesting interactions with 1500 short-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales just north of the middle of Santa Rosa Island.  Captain Dave and his crew traversed the Santa Barbara Channel with calm seas and morning fog. The first wildlife stop was to enjoy a megapod of dolphins south of The Lanes … Read More

Humpback mom and calf plus thousands of dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

The large mother whale was an active pectoral fin-slapper today. Photo by Captain Dave.

2018 09-07 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew encountered another flat, calm day with a persistent marine stratus layer. Fortunately, the wildlife has been phenomenal, and today we saw 2 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 400 California sea lions. Near the NOAA mid-Channel buoy a gigantic megapod of common dolphins located the Condor … 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

Humpback mom and calf do a simultaneous double breach!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Rosa Island

A juvenile humpback whale breached very close to the Condor Express.

2018 08-27 SB Channel Outstanding wildlife sightings were experienced today with 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 700 California sea lions, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins and 4 humpback whales.  The big news was that our little friend, the humpback calf and its mother were back with us today and very active. Skies were overcast until the sun broke through in the late … Read More