Seven fun gray whales on a beautiful day along the coast.

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Here's a plot of our coastal route today courtesy of

2020 03-17 SB Coast The local mountains were covered with a blanket of snow. The skies were mostly blue but with puffy clouds here and there from a storm that just left town.  Seas were calm and once we were offshore, the water was a clear Santa Barbara cobalt blue. We closely watched 7 Pacific gray whales on our single … Read More

A healthy pod of 5 grays, plus 1000 dolphins.

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A great aggregation of northbound gray whales near the Santa Barbara Coast...similar to what we experienced today.

2020 03-15 SB Coast Skies were over cast and seas were calm as we found ourselves between storms today, “The Ides of March.”  Great conditions allowed us to “settle our debts” with 5 gray whales (more in the distance) and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express watched all 5 whales as they migrated … Read More

11 active and surfac-feeding humpbacks, 8 gray whales…some socializing, and 1500 dolphins. Whew!

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Multiple gray whales engage in social behaviors near the Santa Barbara coast...similar to some of our sightings today!

2020 03-14 SB Channel Happy Pi Day to all! There was intermittent rain all day punctuated by short bursts of sun streaming down through the gaps. Two trips, noon and 3pm, left the docks and each had spectacular results.  The raw estimates included: 11+ humpback whales, 8 gray whales and 1500 long-beaked common dolphins. Per usual, the raw totals don’t … Read More

Light rain, glassy seas and ample cetacean wildlife

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Gray whale tail flukes and glassy seas, similar to our experience today.

2020 03-13 SB Coast Light rain, drizzle and cloudy skies, alongside very calm seas, set the stage for some wonderful wildlife sightings, including: 2 Pacific gray whales, 250 long-beaked common dolphins and 2 humpback whales. As Captain Dave and his crew enjoyed the glassy coastal waters and light rain, the Condor Express went west and located our first whales near … Read More

Grays aplenty, including much “socialization,” a humpback and dolphins too.

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Gray whales "socializing," similar to what we saw today without any graphic details. Photo taken 2016 in the same general location. ©Bob Perry

2020 03-11 SB Coast All of the action took place within a 3 mile radius of Santa Barbara Harbor.  This was all from one, noon departure, unbelievable excursion and included:  7 gray whales (see additional info below), 1 humpback whale and 400 long-beaked common dolphins. Today’s epic adventure began with a bang. Just off Mesa Lane, and a few miles … Read More

You won’t believe all the cetaceans we saw on a single excursion today!

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Breaching humpback, similar to what we experienced today. Photo by Capt Dave Beezer - Condor Express.

2020 03-09 SB Coast We never traveled more than 3 miles off the shore today largely because the sharp eyes (“whale eyes”) of our crew Colton and Devin.  These two were able to put together a single epic 2 ½ hour trip that closely watched: 13 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 1 Minke whale, 1 humpback whale, 4 Pacific gray whales and … Read More

Glassy waters result in mirror-like sightings

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Two gray whales are seen traveling just beneath the surface...making life easier for people trying to watch their path. Similar to what we saw today.

2020 03-08 SB Coast   Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express ran a single noon excursion today and closely watched: 4 gray whales and 500 long-beaked common dolphins.  Skies were mostly sunny and seas were glassy-smooth. Not far offshore from the harbor entrance a single gray whale was watched for a while as it surfaced infrequently but swam … Read More

Lots of gray whales, humpback whales and over 1000 dolphins.

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Our tracks from today. (source:

2020 03-07 SB Coast Overcast skies with no wind and calm seas provided great conditions for Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express to locate and closely watch a plethora of cetaceans.  Sightings combined from our two trips today included 1000+ long-beaked common dolphins, 7 Pacific gray whales and 3 humpback whales. Several groups of dolphins were encountered, … Read More

Two similarly wonderful adventures.

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This time of year we spend a lot of time near the coast, home of the coastal bottlenose dolphins. We saw them today, as we did when I took this photo in 2012.

2020 03-06 SB Coast We ran two coastal cruises today.  The first left the dock at 9am, the second at 12 noon. Totals for the day included: 2 humpback whales, 700 long-beaked common dolphins and 50 coastal bottlenose dolphins. Captain Dave and his highly-skilled crew took advantage of the situation and ran two nearly identical whale watching trips. Both trips … Read More

Elementary school science students have wonderful cetaceans too.

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Gray whales migrating up the coast on their way to Alaskan feeding grounds...similar to our sightings today.

2020 03-04 SB Coast It was a pleasure to see such a nice group of future scientists (elementary school) “marching forth” out to sea and learning about oceanographic and biological research techniques first hand. This was a group educational charter, not a regular whale watch trip. Nevertheless, we did encounter some nice cetaceans, including: 250 long-beaked common dolphins, 3 gray … Read More