Blue whales, humpback whales and loads of dolphins.

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Giant blue whale tail flukes with a tilted, side-ways waterfall due to the whale changing direction as it dove.

2020 09-18 SB Channel East It was another great trip to the land of the giants near the east end of Santa Cruz Island. The dense, zero visibility, coastal fog lifted to nice blue sunny skies about 6 miles out of Santa Barbara Harbor. There was a nice refreshing breeze out with the whales. Sightings included 4+ giant blue whales, … Read More

The giant blue whale summer program continues!

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The right flanks of a giant blue whale. A couple of whalesuckers (Remora) are seen attached to the skin of the beast.

2020 09-16 Yolo ByPass The giant blue whale summer program continues! The dense, zero-visibility ground fog we encountered near the mainland coast lifted as we moved 5 or 6 miles offshore. By the time we reached the land of the giants near Santa Cruz Island, it was sunny with a little bump on the surface. Sightings for the day included … Read More

10 giant blue whales and 1000 dolphins

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Common dolphins are seen surfing a large open ocean swell.

2020 09-13 SB Channel East Sea conditions were glassy and calm near the mainland, but breezy and choppy out near the land of the giants. Skies had a high layer of mixed stratus and smoke. Captain Colton and his crew located 10 giant blue whales and 1000 long-beaked common dolphins today. Starting around 4 miles offshore, common dolphin groups kept … Read More

Blue whales, that friendly Minke, loads of dolphins too!

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A friendly Minke whale in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 09-12 SB Channel East The mixture of fog and wildfire smoke continued today but luckily it never dropped to sea level and obscured our search for cetaceans. A light to moderate breeze and some small chop were also present. Sightings included: 6 giant blue whales, 1 Minke whale, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 500 short-beaked common dolphins. As has … Read More

Reports of Orcas yesterday, 2 scarred-up fin whales today. Coincidence? Lots of blue whales today too.

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A mother fin whale with her calf were watched closely today. Both have fresh wounds on their dorsal fins. Was it an Orca attack?

2020 09-11 SB Channel East Captain Dave and his crew had brown fog most of the day, that’s a mixture of regular ocean fog and a little smoke mixed in from distant wildfires. The fog was low near the mainland and lifted nicely to permit lateral whale spotting later in the trip. Seas were relatively calm with a light breeze … Read More

Blue whales and dolphins observed despite patchy dense fog.

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Giant blue whale - Santa Barbara Channel

2020 09-09 SB Channel East Dave and his crew mustered together all of their years of experience and skills to navigate numerous periods of zero visibility fog in the Santa Barbara Channel. Moving slowly and cautiously the Condor Express ran across to The Lanes near the east end of Santa Cruz Island. Sightings for the trip included 5+ giant blue … Read More

Blue whales, dolphins and another friendly Minke!

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Condor Express whale fans enjoy a very close look at a rare, friendly Minke whale on August 30th in the Santa Barbara Channel. We believe this is the same individual we interacted with today!

2020 09-08 SB Channel Far East The normal marine stratus layer had a little bit of amber color to it from distant wildfires. Seas were calm and glassy all day. Sightings were amazing: 6+ giant blue whales, 1 Minke whale and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins were closely watched today. Small feeding pods of common dolphins intercepted the Condor Express a … Read More

Fog and glassy seas —> great sightings today!

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A giant begins its deep dive by arching up, then kicking its tail in the air. Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 09-07 SB Channel Far East Captain Colton and the crew reported flat, glassy seas all day in our part of the Santa Barbara Channel. Skies ranged from smoky near the mainland to foggy in the land of the giants. Sightings today included: 6+ giant blue whales, 100 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 500 long-beaked common dolphins and 10 coastal bottlenose dolphins. … Read More

Magnificent Mammal Multitudes!

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Sometimes dolphins like to interact with the giants! Santa Barbara Channel.

2020 09-06 SB Channel Far East Seven different mammal species today! Captain Colton, aka “Boat Colton,” and his crew traversed the Channel in a southeasterly direction, ending up in the northbound Lanes adjacent to Anacapa Passage. Skies were sunny and a light breeze was present at times. Seven different species of mammals were closely watched today, including: 10+ giant blue … Read More