Lots of humpbacks including our buddy, the little calf

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whales, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Rosa Island, sea lion

Part of a herd of Risso's dolphins.

2018 08-26 SB Channel Although there was a residual swell in the Santa Barbara Channel, the ocean calmed down and conditions near Santa Rosa Island were ideal for locating and watching wildlife.  The hot spot today was much larger and had more players involved.  Captain Tasha reported 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, 25 Risso’s dolphins, 7 humpback whales and 1000 California … Read More

Very tiny humpback juvenile steals the show.

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

A marauding mob of California sea lions on a feeding hot spot.

2018 08-24 SB Channel Captain Dave took the Condor Express up to the Santa Rosa Island hot spot again today and, Wow, what a day!  Most of the day the sky was covered by a stratus marine layer, but it cleared on the way home.  The breeze was fresh, but not difficult.  Total sightings, which reflect closely watched animals, included … Read More

Whales, dolphins, sea lions

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

California sea lions and a mighty humpback whale

2018 08-22 SB Channel As you can see in the ship’s track picture above, Captain Dave and his crew ran to the southwest to a location north of The Lanes and about even with Carrington Point, Santa Rosa Island.  Here the wildlife was congregated and busy feeding.  Closely watched species included 6+ humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins and hundreds … Read More

Condor Express crew locates lots of mammals in the fog

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whales, sea lion, Stellar sea lion

The kelp-cutting vessel, Ocean Harvest is barely visible in the fog.

Dense fog that ranged between zero and ¼-mile visibility engulfed the coastal waters and hung around all day.  We wonder, then, how it is possible for Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express to come away with sighting of 8 gray whales, 600 long-beaked common dolphins, 14 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 1 Stellar sea lion and a bunch of … Read More

Two nice gray whales and more

Bob PerryCondor Express, gray whales, sea lion

A very close look at the left side of a barnacle-encrusted gray whale's head.

2018 02-28 SB Coast – Captain Dave and his crew found nice sea conditions along the Santa Barbara Coast which led to close looks at 2 gray whales and 60 California sea lions today. The trip began with a slow search of the nearshore waters from the harbor west as far as UCSB.  Today’s first whale was near Campus Point.  … Read More

Clear, sunny, gray whales and dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, great white shark, Santa Barbara, sea lion

A friendly juvenile gray whale from today's excursion.

2018 02-23 SB Coast – Two Condor Express excursions left the SEA Landing docks today, one at 9am and the other 12 noon.  Totals for the day include: 3 gray whales and 800 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was exceptionally clear and sunny on both trips.  The wind was blowing pretty hard in the morning then switched direction (from NW to … Read More

Lake conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

Humpback whales and long-beaked common dolphins swim together

2017 11-26 SB Channel The Condor Express found flat calm lake conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel and it was a bit cooler than it was during the past week’s heat wave.  Total sightings included 5 humpback whales, 5 blue whales, 500 long-beaked common dolphins and 120 California sea lions. Cetacean encounters got started very quickly as 2 humpback whales … Read More

Summer weather and fantastic marine mammal sightings.

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

Giant blue whales in the Channel.

2017 11-24 SB Channel Captain Eric and his crew found unusually hot weather and great sea conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Eric took the Condor Express to the west end of Santa Cruz Island and along the way spent time with 6 giant blue whales, 1 humpback whale, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins, 1 ocean sunfish (Mola mola) and several … Read More

Great fall season whale watching

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

Humpback gluttons feast on northern anchovies

2017 11-10 SB Channel It was a cool and clear day in the Santa Barbara Channel which made for spectacular wildlife watching and amazing vistas.  Captain Erik and his crew report seeing 9 humpback whales and at least 3000 long-beaked common dolphins.  It was great fall season whale watching for sure. The action began just south of our local Carpinteria … Read More

Mega-mob of California sea lions and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion

A mega mob of California sea lions with over 1,000 animals was encountered today.

2017 10-07 SB Channel While soaring air temperatures in Santa Barbara had everyone talking about the fall heat wave, conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel were ideal.  There was plenty of bright sun and warmth, but the sea breeze kept things quite moderate and nice.  The ocean surface had a few white caps by the time we got near The … Read More