Summer whales persist in the Channel

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, Velella velella

2016 06-10 SB Channel Captain Dave and his crew started today’s excursion on a southwesterly heading.  Before reaching the mid-Channel region, the Condor Express found itself surrounded by at least 200 long-beaked common dolphins.  While dolphin watching we  soon had 1 fin whale, 1 blue whale and 2 humpback whales on the surface in the mix. Pressing further south and … Read More

It’s getting better all the time.

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  2016 06-08 SB Channel Captain Dave and his highly-trained crew produced another epic excursion into the Santa Barbara Channel.  There was no fog, but the stratus hung around off the deck so it was faintly warm, extremely glassy and with good lateral visibility for finding wildlife.  The wildlife has been very good over the past week or two, and … Read More

Blues Abound

Bob Perryblue shark, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, fin whale, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, sea lion, Velella velella

  2016 06-06 SB Channel It was not foggy.  The ocean surface was glassy most of the day.  The sun kind of shined through the stratus out in The Lanes, and then back in Santa Barbara at the end of the excursion.  Captain “Imán de la fauna” Eric, working alongside Deckhand “Ojos de águila” Auggie, put together an amazing adventure … Read More

Mill pond flat glass

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, ELEPHANT SEAL, fin whale, humpback whales, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, Velella velella

  2016 06-04 SB Channel Mill pond flat glass conditions today and the stratus lifted just enough to give us a few miles lateral visibility which was acceptable for spotting wildlife.  Captain Dave took the Condor Express south to The Flats where yesterday’s whale congregation had moved a few miles east.  They were off Santa Cruz Island today instead of … Read More

Calm seas reveal much wildlife

Bob Perryblue whale watching, blue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Risso's Dolphins, Velella velella

2016 06-03 SB Channel Captain Dave ran across to the feeding grounds and says there were more blue whales (as many as 15) than humpback whales (as many as 6).  Krill was on the surface, and there was surface lunge feeding by the beasts.  The stratus was on the deck near Santa Barbara Harbor, but opened up quite a bit … Read More

Blue Whales Galore

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Painted Cave Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  2016 06-02 SB Channel Although the June stratus was thicker and the breeze a bit stronger, there were even more beasts devouring krill on the surface today all along The Ledge.   There were at least a dozen blue whales and another dozen humpback whales surface lunge-feeding all over the zone.  It was NatGeo all day long. The first mammals … Read More

Humpback is wild

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Cruz Island, sea lion, Velella velella

  2016 05-27 SB Channel Mirror glassy morning with warm sunshine and only a slight breeze in the afternoon gave us perfect conditions for viewing wildlife.  And what a great day full of wildlife sightings we had!  It all started with a spread-out cluster of long-beaked common dolphins passing by the Santa Barbara Harbor entrance buoy.  They were feeding on … Read More

4 Humpbacks and lots of dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, minke whale, peregrine falcon, Santa Cruz Island, Velella velella

  2015 06-01 SB Channel Before the trip left the docks, I noticed that every boat at Sea Landing had a serious bird perched on top.   The Condor Express had a juvenile brown pelican sitting on the windscreen of the flying bridge. The Coral Sea had a black-crowned night heron, and the private yacht next to us had a great … Read More

A Fantastic Sunny Day for Cetaceans (and Pelicans too)

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, humpback whales, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara, Sea birds, sea lion, Velella velella

  2015 05-20 SB Channel Our first sighting of the excursion came along quite soon after Captain Eric took the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara. It was a mix of at least 500 long-beaked common dolphins and a lot of California sea lions spread out over a wide area and containing mostly mothers with their calves. This is always … Read More