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

Ten blues closely watched…many more in the vicinity.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, shearwaters

A mother humpback whale and her calf in very blue water.

2018 06-29 SB Channel The Condor Express closely watched 10+ blue whales, 3 humpback whales and 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies had a thin stratus layer all day, and seas were calmer than yesterday.  There were a few sucker holes (small openings where beams of sun shined through) out near Santa Cruz Island. Captain Dave and his crew traversed the … Read More

Krill gets giant blue whales and humpbacks excited.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, shearwaters

Humpback whale - Kelping.

2017 09-29 SB Channel Totals for the day included: 2 blue whales, 8+ humpback whales, and over 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. The action today was 8 or 9 miles southwest of Santa Barbara Harbor where the Condor Express crew found excellent conditions for wildlife location and viewing.  Seas were calm.  Skies were sunny, and there was a pleasant breeze wafting … Read More

Risso’s dolphins and more

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Risso's Dolphins, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion, shearwaters

Risso's dolphins

It was a “Fall Classic” with bright sunny skies all day and very calm seas.  That Santa Barbara Channel cobalt blue color is coming back and permits some nice underwater looks at the species.  Regarding today’s species, 3 humpback whales, 18 Risso’s dolphins, 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins and at least 750 California sea lions.  All the sightings were good and … Read More

Many Whales in the Fog

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, shearwaters

  2016 06-23 SB Channel Today the epic battle for truth, knowledge, beauty and whales took place in the Santa Barbara Channel.  Once again the elements of nature were highly variable.  Seas were calm and glassy most of the day with a light breeze picking up in the afternoon out near the Santa Barbara Channel Islands.  The stratus remained the … Read More

Cetaceans Cetaceans Cetaceans

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola, Pacific white-sided dolphins, shearwaters

  2016 06-22 SB Channel The low stratus hit the deck not too far out so Captain Dave turned on the radar and posted a lookout.  We were temporarily using our sense of smell to locate whales as taught by one of our CINC naturalist friends years ago.  There was no swell and the little chop that was coming down … Read More

Shearwater bonanza

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, shearwaters

2016 5-30 SB Channel Captain Eric took the Condor Express through a lot of nice wildlife today and ended with a trip out to Cavern Point near the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island.  Conditions were prime with calm seas and a light overcast sky/marine layer.  Eric says the green inshore waters had cleared up a lot today.  Here’s the … Read More

Humpbacks in the Wind

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

  2016 05-24 SB Channel Today was an unusually wonderful weather day on the Santa Barbara Channel.  It was moderately windy with small white caps everywhere all day long, but there was no noticeable swell.  It was rather like being out on a lake with some wind blowing.  Of course these same winds cleared out the area and not only … Read More