Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, sea lion

Two out of a four humpback whales that were traveling in a tight group today.

2018 11-07 SB Channel West It was a nice sunny day in the Santa Barbara Channel, the surface was glassy but with a little bit of bump from winds far to the west. Sightings included 7 humpback whales, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 100 California sea lions and 1 research Saildrone. An interesting surprise visit took place just before the boat … 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

Humpbacks, dolphins and sea lions on a sunny day in the Channel.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

Humpback and dolphins.

2018 10-06 SB Channel Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express searched the Santa Barbara Channel and came up with a great trip full of wonderful sightings.  1000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 humpback whales and 50 California sea lions were closely watched today.  The day was sunny but included a moderate bump and swell. The first groups of … Read More

Three humpback whales, one breacher…and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, minke whale, sea lion

Breaching humpback whale.

2018 09-27 SB Channel Captain Dave ran a bit west, then out to the south.  Most of the action was only about 4 miles off Campus Point.  Skies were mostly overcast with a moderate breeze.  The sun came out late in the trip.  Sightings for the day included: 1 Minke whale, 3 humpback whales, 800 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 … 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

A mother humpback and her calf plus so much more.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, sea lion

A mother humpback whale and her calf.

2018 09-23 SB Channel – West A private whale watch charter hit the jackpot as a wide region of scattered humpbacks and dolphins kept everyone busy with binoculars and cameras.  There was a broken stratus layer that gave way to more sun than cloud around 1130 am.  The sea surface was calm and mostly glassy. The action took place northeast … Read More

Humpbacks get into a feeding frenzy with dolphins and sea lions.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

A surface lunge-feeding humpback whale surrounded by shearwaters.

2018 09-22 SB Channel Today’s excursion took us to the western coastal region near Platform Holly, then on a big loop out past the mid-Channel NOAA buoy before heading home.  A deep marine layer and mill pond glass surface persisted until 130pm, and then it got sunny with a slight breeze.  Most of the action took place from Holly and … Read More

A massive and active hot spot in the north Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, phalaropes, sea lion, shearwaters

So many whales today. They were seen in various sized groups. Here's a trio.

2018 09-21 SB Channel The northern Santa Barbara Channel (that portion closest to Santa Barbara Harbor) exploded with whales, dolphins and sea lions today.  They were joined by thousands of elegant terns, black-vented shearwaters, phalaropes, gulls, pelicans and a few jaegers.  It was the most massive and active hot spot that I can recall in this region of the Channel.  … Read More

Spectacular day with 9 humpbacks, plus both long- and short-beaked common dolphins.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, sea lion

A humpback whale sent some nice spray flying with its tail-flick today

2018 09-20 SB Channel Captain Dave summed it up: “There was never a time today when we were not involved in wildlife viewing.” That’s what you get when you have sunny skies and a glassy ocean surface alongside a wonderful wildlife invasion.  Totals for closely-watched species included 9 humpback whales, 3000 long-beaked common dolphins, 1500 short-beaked common dolphins, and 250+ … Read More

Another Gaviota trip produces great sightings and fun.

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, sea lion

Condor Express tracks showing our path today to Gaviota and back. (source: MarineTraffic.com)

2018 09-12 Western Channel A light marine layer burned off to become a gorgeous sunny day with very calm seas…ideal for wildlife searching and watching.  Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express closely watched: 2 humpback whales, 12 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and over 200 California sea lions.  This was a trip “out west,” covering … Read More