Humpback whale pair mugs Condor Express

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale, minke whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

Captain Eric reports a slightly breeze today out on the Santa Barbara Channel but still sighted at least 6 humpback whales. Out of the 6 total sightings in the area, 2 of the humpback whales were extremely friendly and garnered most of the time and attention today. Using humpback tricks such as swimming back and forth under the boat, coming … Read More

Surrounded by humpback whale spouts

Bob Perryhumpback whale, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

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The wisps of fog that enshrouded Santa Barbara Harbor quickly lifted as we pushed to the east. At times there were little “sucker holes” of sun and warmth, but for the most part it was glassy smooth but with a low overcast ceiling. Once on the feeding grounds the ceiling did not matter. We were surrounded by humpback whales. Captain … Read More

Eight humpback whale gluttons amaze whale watchers.

Bob Perrybirding, humpback whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Sea birds, sea lion, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

humpback whale

Ideal conditions again on the Santa Barbara Channel feeding grounds. Today we watched as 8 humpback whales and 6 Minke whales gorged themselves on anchovy schools. The humpbacks were once again lunge feeding on the surface for all to witness. At least 1,000 common dolphins were observed (plus or minus) feeding alongside the seabirds, whales and sea lions. Hope to … Read More

Humpback whales lunge feed close up and personal

Bob Perrychannel islands, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching

Many of you loyal readers are no doubt getting tired of hearing me say that it was yet another gorgeous, flat, calm and ideal whale watching day in the Santa Barbara Channel today. But it was. This past month or so has brought us more drop dead days that I can ever recall making our Fall whale watching the best … Read More

The Fall Feeding Frenzy Continues in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, common dolphins, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara

After some brief morning fog, the conditions became sunny with calm seas again today. A total of 8 humpback whales were watched closely, along with 5 Minke whales and at least 500 common dolphins. There were hot spots of feeding with whales, dolphins and sea birds throughout the area. Among the most engaging humpback whales, we had our pal “Rope” … Read More

Whale counts keep rising in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

Earlier we were thrilled to see 5 nice, active humpback whales on a great trip. Then is went to 7 humpback whales. Yesterday it jumped to 10, and today it was 12 humpback whales watched closely with more spouts in the area within binocular range. It definitely looks like the central coast whales are making a move to the Santa … Read More

Great Whale Numbers in the Santa Barbara Channel Today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching

humpback whales

The northeastern Santa Barbara Channel was teeming with cetaceans today. On a gorgeous, sunny and very calm/glassy day, the Condor Express encountered a total of 7 humpback whales, 2 Minke whales and at least 750 common dolphins. Among the humpbacks we had visits by Rope, Chomper, and the mom with the split-dorsal calf. Many of the 7 humpbacks were feeding … Read More

The Fall Whale Season in the Santa Barbara Channel continues to amaze

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Southern California whale watching

The Fall whale season in the Santa Barbara Channel is regarded by many as the most spectacular humpback and Minke whale watching anywhere in California, or beyond for that matter. Today’s sightings were once again “off the charts” with both species of baleen whales gorging themselves before the humpbacks leave for tropical winter breeding and calving. Our pal “Rope” was … Read More

An excellent “Indian Summer” California whale watching adventure.

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, Southern California whale watching, Uncategorized

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An excellent “Indian Summer” whale watch adventure. It was hard to travel very far on the Condor Express today without dozens of pesky common dolphins coming over and doing their tricks. After all, we were headed to the northeast Santa Barbara Channel to find the big whales, and these little guys are so adorable and they were particularly beautiful to … Read More

Santa Barbara Channel still hot with Humpback Whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching trips

Santa Barbara Channel still hot with Humpback Whales Out to the northeast Santa Barbara Channel the mighty Condor Express sailed In the great sea conditions and nice sun shine you could say we whaled The sightings were so good that all previous trips by comparison they paled When I tried to write another line of this poem you could say … Read More