More Summer-like Weather for Whales and Dolphins

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, Mola mola, Santa Barbara, Velella velella

2015 04-30 SB Coast Captain Dave commanded two trips today: 9 am and 12 noon. The day was nice, with partly cloudy skies and little to no wind. It was hot when the cloudy part moved aside and let the sun hit the deck… 82F in the Harbor. Both trips had the good fortune of watching gray whale mothers and … Read More

Whales, Dolphins, and a Mola mola too

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale mother and calf, Mola mola, Velella velella

  2015 04-24 SB Coast The Condor Express left the dock for two afternoon trips today:   12 noon and 3 pm.   Skies were mostly overcast with little patches of warm sun, and the ocean surface was calm but a moderate swell from the west was rolling through with short intervals. 12 noon. About a mile off the East Beach anchorage … Read More

It Must Be Spring: Mothers and Babies of all Kinds Today

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, dolphin, gray whale mother and calf, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  2015 04-15 SB Coast Mothers and Calves Day must have been declared in the Santa Barbara Channel today because we had the good fortune to see the following mothers with their calves: humpback whales, gray whales, and long-beaked common dolphins. It must be Spring… punctuated by the fact that we saw the same pair of mother and calf long-beaked … Read More

East of Hogan

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, humpback whale watching, minke whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion, Velella velella

East of Hogan No Steinbeck, no timshel, we were just paparazzi for whales and found the mother lode east of offshore oil and gas platform Hogan.  But like the Salinas Valley in the summertime, the Santa Barbara Channel was quite hot both in temperature and in the abundant marine fauna.  Captain Dave took us immediately back that hot spot we … Read More

“Good, good, good cetaceans”

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion, Velella velella

“Good, good, good cetaceans” – the Beach Boys (sort of…) Summer conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel always remind me of that Beach Boys tune, as it did again today.  Bright, clear, sunny with calm seas were to be had as we departed Santa Barbara Harbor and headed for the eastern grounds.  We are not seeing very many Velella velella … Read More

Close looks in crystal blue water

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

    Close looks in crystal blue water Captain Eric and his man on the binoculars, Augie, drained every mammal out of the northeastern Santa Barbara Channel today.  The action got started right away on the inside of the rigs (C, B, A, Hillhouse) with several nice pods of long beaked common dolphins and then one great humpback whale.  After … Read More

Ideal Summer Conditions Again – Great Sightings

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion, Velella velella

  Ideal Summer Conditions Again – Great Sightings Flat as a lake and the morning commute drizzle ended and the sun came out as we left Santa Barbara Harbor.   The famous #SantaBarbara sand spit surf spot was chest-to-head high as a small portion of an enormous south swell way out past the islands worked its way on to the beach.  … Read More

Late summer, fantastic conditions, great wildlife !

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, humpback whale watching, Mola mola (ocean sunfish), Santa Barbara Channel, Velella velella

  Late summer, fantastic conditions, great wildlife ! The ocean surface was like a mirror most of the day and the morning stratus burned off around noon.  We ran the northeast Santa Barbara Channel up and down and found some amazing wildlife.  Long beaked common dolphins were once again everywhere and a very crude estimate of their abundance might be … Read More

A great day in the land of the mammals

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

  A great day in the land of the mammals It was all about long beaked common dolphins everywhere we roamed around the northeast Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave estimated well over 3,000, and there were scads of little calves in the mix.  One was so small Dave commented that it was about the same size as the black vented … Read More