Pelagic Expedition a Huge Success !

Bob Perrybirding, blue whales, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Pelagic Expedition a Huge Success ! Captain Dave and Captain Eric steered the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara Harbor around 7am to start a 10-hour pelagic bird (and mammal) expedition.  We were initially greeted with moderate shop and swells from winds blowing robustly in the western Santa Barbara Channel.   As the day progressed the seas subsided and most of … Read More

5 Species of Cetaceans in One Trip

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, humpback whales, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, shearwaters

5 Species of Cetaceans in One Trip We watched 3 humpback whales closely but there were plenty of other spouts around the area.   The bait was near the sea floor and hence the down times were long-ish.  The skies were blue and so was the water…so once again the clarity of the ocean enhanced all of the sightings.  Wow.   We … Read More

Anchovy Slaughter in the Eastern Channel

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whale, minke whale, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Anchovy Slaughter in the Eastern Channel “Top Notch,” the young adult humpback whale, was watched closely as it lunge-fed on the surface decimating a large school of northern anchovies.  The seabirds, including elegant terns, Brandt’s cormorants, black-vented shearwaters, gulls and (back by popular demand) brown pelicans worked in concert with the California sea lions and numerous long beaked common dolphins … Read More

THE Place to Be

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, phalaropes, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

THE Place to Be It was lat, calm, sunny, clear skies, clear water, no wind and drop dead gorgeous all day.  I have personally never seen so many long beaked common dolphins so concentrated in the north eastern Santa Barbara Channel.  There were pods of #dolphins everywhere we roamed.  At least 3,000 dolphins were closely watched.  Most of these little … Read More

Mirror and rippled glass ocean full of life

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whale, phalaropes, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, shearwaters

Mirror and rippled glass ocean full of life The adventure began under sunny blue skies and a rippled ocean surface.  There was a wind driven swell from the west that hardly anyone noticed, especially when we were riding the waves down hill to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel.  There were more pods and larger pods of long beaked common dolphins … Read More