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

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

Lots of whales, dolphin megapods, and sea lion masses

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

A friendly humpback whale meets its fans on the Condor Express

2018 09-04 SB Channel The hot streak continues as Captain Tasha and the crew of the Condor Express located and closely watched 7 humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 400 California sea lions.  Skies were cloudy in the morning with a medium height stratus deck which quickly burned off to make a sunny afternoon.  Seas were calm.  … Read More

Breaches, tail-throws and 7 humpbacks

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

A mighty humpback tail throw

2018 09-03 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew once again found excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel. It started out overcast but soon became sunny and warm. Seas were flat and calm. Total sightings for the day included 7 humpback whales, 300 long-beaked common dolphins, and 500 California sea lions. All of the action was in The Lanes … Read More

7 humpbacks and dolphins too!

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whales, sea lion

A white-tailed humpback whale with common dolphins.

2018 09-02 SB Channel Captain Tasha and her crew found excellent conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel today with glassy waters to help us locate and watch wildlife. Totals for the day included: 7 humpback whales, 750 long-beaked common dolphins, and 200 California sea lions. There were three separate encounters with whales and dolphins today. All of the action was … Read More

9 humpbacks and surface lunge-feeding today!

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

A surface lunge feeding humpback whale.

2018 09-01 SB Channel Winds were light to non-existent in the Channel, and a residual long-period swell didn’t bother any of the mammals, on board the Condor Express or in the water.  Captain Dave and his crew located a great deal of action today that included close looks at 9 humpback whales, 500 California sea lions and 300 long-beaked common … Read More

8 humpback whales – surface lunge feeding – dolphins too

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

Humpback whale surface lunge feeding.

2018 08-30 SB Channel Today the Condor Express worked a hot spot near The Lanes, and adjacent to the western end of Santa Cruz Island. Despite the moderately choppy and windy conditions, Captain Dave and the crew located 8 humpback whales, 2000 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 California sea lions and masses of various predatory sea birds. Highlights of the day … Read More

Whales, dolphins, sea lions and a breaching bat ray.

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

Humpback whale tail throw.

2018 08-29 SB Channel The hot spot was closer to home today by about 10 miles.  And it was a good thing, too, since wind and seas were getting worse the further south we searched.  But the hot spot did not disappoint.  Captain Dave and his crew report seeing 4 humpback whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 300 California sea lions … Read More

3 humpbacks include 2 active youngsters

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

Clear water reveals a friendly humpback whale

2018 08-28 SB Channel The Condor Express team located and watched 3 humpback whales, 400 long-beaked common dolphins, 200 California sea lions and 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola).  There was a fresh breeze and light bump on the water, but the sightings were great.  The little humpback calf and its mother were there again today. Dolphins were located north of … Read More