Six Gray Whales and More

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

  2016 01-22 SB Channel Captain Eric steered a course for the west end of Santa Cruz Island, a southwesterly heading from Santa Barbara. Not far off shore, our deck hand, ojo de águila Auggie, found a widespread area with little batches of long-beaked common dolphins, and they took turns coming over to the Condor Express. There were a few … Read More

Gray Whales in the Santa Cruz Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

2015 12-31 SB Channel A gorgeous New Year’s Eve in the “gap” (aka, Santa Cruz Channel…between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Island). Captain Dave steered the Condor Express directly towards the Santa Cruz Channel, although our direct path was thwarted on three occasions. The first thwart was a dozen or so Pacific white-sided dolphins just outside the Santa Barbara Harbor … Read More

Humpbacks Near the Bow

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Rosa Island

2015 10-02 SB Channel Humpbacks Near the Bow As my online photographs will reveal (when I get them posted on Sunday) it was another wildly beautiful day in the Santa Barbara Channel. Sea conditions were very nice as we left the Harbor, they got worse as we crossed The Lanes, and finally it turned out to be rather breezy and … Read More

Humpback Whales in Big Waves and Wind

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

2015 09-29 SB Channel Humpback Whales in Big Waves and Wind As a young southern California surfer, back in the day, we used to have an expression for describing a windy day with rough seas:   it was “Victory at Sea.” This was the title of an old TV show that featured the naval battles of WWII, and the opening title … Read More

Humpbacks in the Wind – Kelping

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

2015 09-28 SB Channel The afternoon breeze that was predicted by NOAA arrived early and the whole day was filled with a magnificent wind and moderately choppy seas. But with a water temperature of 72.3°F, it was refreshing, not cold. Captain Dave steered a course for the hot spot which was so productive yesterday, a few miles north of Santa … Read More

17 Humpbacks & Lunge-Feeding near Santa Rosa Island

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

  2015 07-09 SB Channel Seventeen humpback whales and at least 2,000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched on our excursion. There were two distinct zones of activity in the Santa Barbara Channel today, the first was about 7 miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor and stretched far and wide. At least a dozen #whales were spread across this zone … Read More

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too.

Bob Perryblue whale, channel islands, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island

Special Santa Barbara Channel vistas and whales too. The Santa Barbara Channel was magnificent;  slate gray, hardly any wind and spectacular above water vistas.  One could see Bony Ridge (Malibu) to Pt. Conception and all four Channel Islands. The day started with a relatively tame common loon that was observed swimming around close to the Condor Express inside Santa Barbara … 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

Things got a little bit BLUE today !

Bob Perryblue whale watching, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa Island

Things got a little bit BLUE today ! Our one and only common dolphin herd was encountered a few miles south of Santa Barbara Harbor.  The 500 or so #dolphins were inquisitive and friendly and loved by all.   We then picked up speed and headed for the feeding grounds off Santa Rosa Island where giant blue whales and big humpback … Read More