Amazing Condor crew finds 7 humpbacks and a Mola mola on a foggy day!

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Condor whale lovers enjoy some fish time with a friendly ocean sunfish.

2021 05-05 SB Channel Cinco de Mayo was celebrated with 2 offshore whale watching excursions today, one at 12n and another at 3p. Skies were foggy all day with less fog offshore. It was especially foggy on the 3p trip, when it was so dense we had near zero visibility. Nonetheless, the crew pulled out all their tricks and the … Read More

High noon: 2 surface feeding humpbacks and an amazing blue shark!

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Blue shark on the surface in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 05-04 SB Channel A single 2½ hour excursion departed SEA Landing in Santa Barbara at high noon. A hazy, warm sun was amplified by the mirror glass ocean surface and enhanced all the mammal (and fish) sightings. We closely watched: 2 Humpback whales, 1 blue shark and 17 Pacific harbor seals (in the harbor, naturally). Captain Dave and his … Read More

Nice humpback viewing at noon today.

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A friendly humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel gives wonderful views to Condor Express whale people.

2021 05-03 SB Channel Captain Colton the crew of the Condor Express conducted a single 2½ hour excursion that left the dock at 12n. Skies were sunny with little wind and swell. Sightings for the trip included 6 humpback whales and 300 California sea lions.  All of the action took place about 6 miles due south of the harbor. A … Read More

Requiem for about a million northern anchovies.

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Thousands of northern anchovies flee the giant jaws of a hungry humpback whale that is vertically lunge-feeding in the Santa Barbara Channel. (Thousands more didn't escape).

2021 05-02 SB Channel Another gorgeous sunny day in the Channel but with a little residual bump that laid down by the time the 12n trip left the harbor. Two trips resulted in the following closely watched marine mammal list: 19+ humpback whales and 500 California sea lions. We searched the coast but no gray whales were seen as we … Read More

Lots of humpbacks and plenty of surface lunge feeding.

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A vertical feeding lunge by a big humpback in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 05-01 SB Channel Skies were sunny for both trips, and there was not much wind. The first trip left the dock at 9a, the second at 12n. Sightings for the day included: 6+ humpback whales and 400 California sea lions. During the morning trip we located a mother humpback with her calf about 4 miles offshore. There were lots … Read More

More gray whale calves, feeding humpbacks and a Minke whale.

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Gray whales moving in and out of the Santa Barbara coastal kelp beds.

2021 04-30 SB CHANNEL Three 2 ½ hour trips explored our coastline and searched for marine mammals today under sunny skies with very little wind. A small surface bump left over from winds last night persisted until the afternoon trip when things were totally calm all the way around. Sightings today included 6 gray whales (all mom-calf pairs), 3 humpback … Read More

Lots of surface feeding by hungry humpbacks.

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Baleen is visible inside the mouth of this surface feeding humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2014 04-29 SB Channel It was a sunny, clear day with not much wind until the afternoon excursion. Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express made the following sightings: 8 humpback whales and 25 long-beaked common dolphins. Three trips left the docks, 9a, 12n and 3p. The humpbacks were busy feeding again, mostly along a line parallel to … Read More

2 great trips yield 10 humpbacks, 2 grays and hundreds of California sea lions.

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Gray whales along the coast of Santa Barbara.

2014 04-27 SB Channel Captain Dave took command of the Condor Express and her able crew for two public whale watching excursions:  9a and 12n.  Closely watched marine mammals included: 10 humpback whales, 2 gray whales and 400 California sea lions. As we left the harbor at 9a we immediately discovered a mother gray whale and her calf traveling along … Read More

Feeding frenzy: 14+ humpback whales and 1000 California sea lions

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Surface feeding humpback named "Mustachio" - photo by Adam Ernster, Condor Express Crew

2014 04-25 SB Channel It was overcast all day with glassy flat seas until the afternoon. Sightings were once again phenomenal and we closely watched 14+ humpback whales surrounded by 1,000 California sea lions. One whale was easy to ID and was our old pal “Mustachio” (see photo attached). Among the humpback whale behaviors we had the privilege of observing … Read More

Humpback food fest.

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A giant bait ball is attacked by hungry humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 04-24 SB Channel Captain Dave and is team conducted three excursions which left the dock at 9a, 12n and 3p. The day started out calm and glass, got a slight breeze going at noon, and things freshened in the afternoon. As our keen-eyed deckhand, Devin, said: “It got nautical.” Totals for the day included 9 humpback whales and 3 … Read More