A dozen humpbacks, thousands of dolphins and our 2 Minke pals!

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Humpback whale flukes-up in the Santa Barbara Channel...heading down for a deeper/longer dive.

2021 08-28 SB Channel Calm seas and overcast skies prevailed all day until the sun broke through as we re-entered the harbor at 230p.  Flat seas are nice for everyone and good for spotting cetaceans. Today we closely watched 12+ humpback whales, our friendly local 2 Minke whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Three miles off Hope Ranch out local … Read More

Whales, muggings and dolphins.

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Santa Barbara Channel hot humpback action as several whales mug the boat!

2021 08-27 SB Channel Captain Colton reported dense fog in the morning that quickly burned off to sunny skies for most of the trip. Seas were moderately bumpy from winds to the west. Sunny skies and great visibility resulted in some fantastic marine mammal numbers: 15+ humpback whales, 2500 long-beaked common dolphins, 500 California sea lions and 1 ocean sunfish … Read More

Friendly Minke whales, humpback whales and thousands of dolphins.

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A pair of humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-26 SB Channel Winds in the Channel ranged from near zero to a light breeze and the sun was shining all day. “It was t-shirt weather,” said Captain Dave. A little bit of chop from wind in the far west persisted all day, but was less noticeable closer to shore. Sightings were mostly within 8 miles of the beach … Read More

5 different species of marine mammals AND dolphins ride bow of huge container ship.

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Common dolphins ride the bow of a huge container transport ship in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-23 SB Channel Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express headed out into the Channel with pure mirror glass surface conditions and a thin, gray stratus layer. Totals for the day reflect a very nice diversity of marine mammals: 2+ humpback whales, 2 Minke whales, 25 offshore bottlenose dolphins, 1500 long-beaked common dolphins and 200 California sea … Read More

Gorgeous seas with 8+ humpbacks. 5 were actively socializing.

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A humpback whale in the Santa Barbara Channel exercises its "wings." (ie, long pectoral flippers)

2021 08-22 SB Channel The sea surface was lightly rippled and skies had a high stratus layer except for the trip home when the sun broke out. Sightings included 8+ humpback whales, 4000 long-beaked common dolphins, 2 coastal bottlenose dolphins and 12 California sea lions. There were a lot of dolphins around starting at the 6 mile point, but not … Read More

A mirror glass surface makes for great humpbacks and amazing numbers of dolphins again.

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A humpback whale makes a stop in the Santa Barbara Channel to do a bit of kelping. What fun!

2021 08-21 SB Channel Mirror flat glass seas provided a wonderful canvas for all of our cetacean sightings today. We closely watched over 8,008 animals during our 4½ hour excursion. That figure includes humpback whales (8) and a whole lotta dolphins. What’s not to like? The dolphin action began about 5 miles southwest of UCSB and never stopped. This zone … Read More

Another record-breaking dolphin day AND 8 humpback whales too.

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A Santa Barbara Channel humpback whale breaches with the mainland coast in the background.

2021 08-20 SB Channel A high stratus layer made for a gray sky over the very calm ocean surface. The sun broke out when we were coming home. Nonetheless, it was a great day for humpback whales (8 watched), and a record-breaking day for long-beaked common dolphins (8000 watched). Captain Dave reported unusually large numbers of common dolphins in the … Read More

Eleven whales. 3000 dolphins. Glassy seas.

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A humpback whale throws its mighty tail in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-19 SB Channel – West Ideal wildlife conditions were to be had in the Channel today. Skies were sunny, seas were glassy, and there was no swell all day. We closely watched 11 Humpback whales and 3000 long-beaked common dolphins. Captain Colton and the crew of the Condor Express took the boat up the coast to the western zone. … Read More

Great sightings of Risso’s dolphins, humpback whales and common dolphins with calm seas.

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Risso's dolphin in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-18 SB Channel Captain Colton reported excellent sea conditions for wildlife viewing in the Channel today. Sightings included: 25+ Risso’s dolphins, 6 humpback whales and 4000 long-beaked common dolphins. Although a small pod of common dolphins found us near the harbor, the “real” common dolphin part of our trip started along with all the sea birds and a whale … Read More

Adoring whales mug the Condor Express.

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A nice example of a friendly humpback mugging the Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Channel.

2021 08-17 SB Channel It was mostly overcast except for the sunlight that beamed down on the humpback whales. Sightings included 12 coastal bottlenose dolphins, 5000 long-beaked common dolphins and 4 humpback whales. Common dolphins were around all day and pods varied in size from small to very large. All seemed to divide their attention between subsurface feeding and visiting … Read More